Police issued a warning of “extreme danger” as seven people were killed in the German church shooting. The police tweeted that “several people were seriously injured, some even fatally.”
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A catastrophe warning app was used to alert people living around that area. Although the alarm was silenced after 3 a.m. by Germany’s Federal Office for Civil Protection. The earliest emergency calls were made around 2015 GMT following the noise of gunfire in the nearest buildings in the northern district of Gross Borstel.
Bible reading group of believers in the German church
The local daily Hamburger Abendblatt informs of the gathering of the Jehovah’s witnesses in the three-story buildings on Thursday evening for the weekly Bible recital.
As per the collected data, there are around 175,000 German people, including 3,800 just from the city of Hamburg who are Jehovah’s witnesses. The latter is a US-based Christian movement that took place in the 19th century, advocating non-violence and evangelism.
Mass shooting of people in a German church
Numerous people were wounded in the shooting at a Jehovah’s Witness center in Hamburg. The police officers that were first to reach there even encountered several lifeless bodies. Also, in accordance with the Hamburger Abendblatt report, 17 other uninjured people were admitted to the care of the fire brigade.
However, an official report on the death count has not been released yet, but as per numerous media outlets, the shooting has severely harmed many people and left seven people dead. Although the police confirmed in an official statement the unreliability of information in regard to the crime’s motive or the perpetrator of the crime.
Police even proposed the gunman be one of the dead. In the context of the current situation, the police assume the perpetrator to be a dead person found in a community center in Gross Borstel. As per the recent police tweets, until now, no clue has fallen into their hands in support of a mass attack or any secretive background to the crime.
Furthermore, the Munich police tweeted on Friday, claiming that the investigations into the purpose of the crime and its culprits are still ongoing. The mayor of the port city, Peter Tsschentscher, also expressed his shock at the said event. He even extended his sympathies to the victim’s family, further reassuring them of the best possible investigation and emergency services being employed to grant justice.
Recent attacks in Germany
Germany has been hit by numerous right-wing extremists and jihadists in previous years. One of the deadliest attacks of the latest years includes the truck rampage in Berlin at a Christmas market in December 2017, which butchered 12 people. The attacker in this event was an asylum seeker who had long-drawn connections with the ISIS jihadist group.
One of the other unreported attacks includes shooting of the 10 people and injuring of five people in Hanau, the center of London city by a right-extremist group in February 2020. In 2019 too, a neo-Nazi assault took the lives of two people in their attempt to storm a synagogue in Halle.
Media reports attribute Germany’s continuation of being a central target for jihadist groups to its involvement in criminalizing and stopping the ISIS coalition in Iraq and Syria. Interestingly, the blatant response to it is visible in the increase of the number of Islamic attackers by five to 615 in Germany, as per the collected data of the Interior Ministry.
Germany has been at the gunpoint of various far-right extremist groups. This has led to a counteraccusation by the public against the government, criticizing it for shedding away the responsibility of shutting down neo-Nazi violence.