Gunman ‘live-streamed’ assault on Amazon's Twitch outside synagogue in Germany killing two people
Halle | Jagran News Desk: In a chilling video that was live-streamed on Amazon’s Twitch service, a man killed two people in the eastern German city of Halle outside of a synagogue. The video was filmed by the gunman himself and was recorded for over 35-minutes.
At the start of the 35-minute video, a man in a green jacket can be seen and introduces himself as ‘Anon’ to his video audience. Later in the video, he can be seen attempting to enter the synagogue which was packed with the worshippers, but can’t get the access because of the closed doors.
The frustrated gunman then shoots a woman on the street in front of the synagogue and another person sitting in a kebab shop, as reported by CNN.
Amazon’s Twitch service has confirmed that the unfortunate incident was live-streamed on the platform and has expressed shock and condolences for the victims of the incident.
"We are shocked and saddened by the tragedy that took place in Germany today, and our deepest condolences go out to all those affected," Twitch said in a statement.
"Twitch has a zero-tolerance policy against hateful conduct, and any act of violence is taken extremely seriously. We are working with urgency to remove this content and permanently suspend any accounts found to be posting or reposting content of this abhorrent act," the company said.
According to the Sputnik citing German media, the assault was carried out by a neo-Nazi German national, as the attack took place on Yom Kippur which is considered as the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.
The head of the SITE intelligence group of Germany who monitors these extremist groups online, Rita Katz, said in a tweet that the attack was against the Jewish people because the attacker was heard in the video to say that the ‘root of all problems are the Jews’ in English.
BREAKING: 35-mins of head-mounted camera footage of #Halle #Germany shooting was posted on video game site, showing first-person footage of his ammo and the shooting similar to that of NZ attack. Shooter says in English prior to shooting: The “root of all problems are the Jews.” pic.twitter.com/d1QZyAqBD4— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) October 9, 2019
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her "deep condolences to the family of the victims," government spokesperson Stephen Siebert tweeted.
Ein Zeichen der Verbundenheit: Kanzlerin #Merkel am Abend an der Synagoge Oranienburger Straße in Berlin. Wir müssen uns geschlossen jeder Form von Antisemitismus entgegenstellen. #Wirstehenzusammen #Halle pic.twitter.com/wx70kOeIx7— Steffen Seibert (@RegSprecher) October 9, 2019
"Our solidarity to all Jews on the holy day of Yom Kippur. Our thanks to the security forces who are still on the case," Siebert said.
Meanwhile, the German police have arrested one suspect shortly after the shooting began. The police have also cordoned off the area to keep everyone far from the shooting site.
Posted By: Talib Khan