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Hamburg: Several people were killed and several injured in a shooting at the Jehovah’s Witness Church in Hamburg – Usky News

Hamburg: German police said on Thursday that a Jehovah’s Witness Center in Hamburg with the suspect, believed to be among the dead.
The incident first occurred around 9:15 pm local time (2015 GMT) when an emergency call was made after gunshots were heard at the building in northern Hamburg. Police found several people injured at the scene, some of them seriously.
“We only know that many people died here; Several people have been injured, they have been taken to hospitals,” said police spokesman Holger Wehren.
There is currently no reliable information about the motive for the crime, and police are urging the public not to speculate.
The motive behind the attack is not clear.
Television footage showed dozens of police cars as well as fire engines blocking the streets and some people wrapped in blankets being carried onto a bus by emergency service workers.
A witness told reporters, “We heard gunshots.” “There were 12 rounds of shots fired continuously… Then we saw how people were taken away in black bags,” he said.
Police have warned area residents to stay indoors and avoid the area, and have closed roads surrounding the building. Although the exact death toll has not been released, several German media outlets have reported that at least six people were killed.
The Disaster Alert app was used by police to sound the alarm for “extreme danger” in the area. A police spokesperson confirmed that they have no indication of the perpetrator being on the run. They believe the suspect may be in the building and may even be among the dead.
The port city of Hamburg has a population of 3,800 Jehovah’s Witnesses out of Germany’s population of 175,000. The mayor of Hamburg, Peter Schnitzer, expressed his condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims, tweeting that the emergency services were doing their best to clarify the situation.
Germany has experienced several attacks in recent years by both jihadists and far-right extremists. In December 2016, a truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market killed 12 people, in which the Tunisian attacker, a failed refugee, was a supporter of the Islamic State jihadist group.
Between 2013 and 2021, the number of Islamists considered dangerous in the country was to increase from five to 615, according to Interior Ministry data.
In February 2020, an extreme-right extremist shot dead ten people and injured five others in the central German city of Hanau. In 2019, two people were killed after a neo-Nazi tried to storm a synagogue in Halle on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, accusing the government of not doing enough to end neo-Nazi violence. Was getting it done.


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