Two people killed in shooting in German city of Halle

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Two people were killed and several injured in a shooting in eastern Germany, police told Euronews.

"There were several shots.The alleged perpetrators have fled with a vehicle".

A police tweet Wednesday gave no information on the nature of their deployment in the city but said that initial information is that "people were killed".

The Bild and Mitteldeutsche Zeitung newspapers reported the shooting took place near a synagogue. It didn't give any details of the person arrested and said police are in the process of "stabilizing the situation". "We remain alert, however".

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Witnesses claim that the shooter first opened fire using an assault rifle on a nearby Doner kebab shop. It remains unclear, however, whether the synagogue is related to the shooting, although it took place the same day as Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. They urged residents to stay in their homes or indoors.

Halle police wrote in a tweet:"Our forces have detained one person".

According to Guardian, the central train station has been closed and the area has been placed under lockdown.

Police said shots were also fired in Landsberg, about 15 kilometres from Halle.

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