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Passers-by ignored victim of Halle attack — German media

February 8, 2020

Pedestrians walked past, "indifferent" to a woman dying on the asphalt outside a synagogue in the German city of Halle during a shooting attack in October, security footage showed. Two people were killed.

Police before the synagogue in Halle
Image: picture-alliance/dpa/J. Woitas

Passers-by apparently ignored the first victim of a terrorist attack in the German city of Halle last October, according to reports published in German media on Friday.

Surveillance video showed several people walking past the victim "calmly, almost indifferently," German broadcasters WDR, NDR and the Südeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported.

"In the middle of a major German city a person lies shot on the pavement, but people walk past," the paper wrote.

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Around 50 people were present in a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle on October 9 when a heavily armed gunman shot at the door and three explosive devices.

After failing to enter the synagogue, the attacker shot and killed a 40-year-old woman in the street and a 20-year-old man in a kebab shop. He also injured a couple while trying to flee, according to the DPA news agency.

What does the surveillance footage show?

The report casts a new light on the circumstances of the first victim's death.

A mailman delivering letters on the other side of the street continued delivering letters while the woman was dying, according to the report.

The woman continued to lie unaided in a pool of blood as several other passers-by walked along, until a man with a ponytail went to help her, apparently calling for an ambulance. No-one appeared to offer first aid.

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The attack took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. The supsected perpetrator has confessed to the attack and admitted anti-Semitic and racist motives.

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Kommentarbild PROVISORISCH Elliot Douglas
Elliot Douglas Elliot Douglas is a video, audio and online journalist based in Berlin.