Live streaming website Twitch has confirmed that a video of an armed attack on a Synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle in which two people were killed and two others seriously wounded was broadcast live across their platform.
The company stated that it worked hastily to remove that content, and added that any account found to publish or re-broadcast the content of “this heinous act” would be permanently suspended from the platform.
The video was of an attack carried out by alleged right-wing extremist, named as Stephan B. from Saxony-Anhalt who was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after trying to storm a synagogue full of worshippers celebrating Yom Kippur. Unable to gain access to the building, despite blasting the door with gunfire and an explosive device, the 27-year-old German shot dead two people nearby and injured at least two others.
The gunman filmed the act on helmet-mounted camera and broadcasted it online, before being arrested having fled the scene.
In the afternoon, the police confirmed the death of a woman and a man. Several media reported that in addition two persons had been admitted to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
The video, which has now been taken down from the site, opens with the suspect introducing himself in English as “Anon” and declaring himself an antisemite, anti-feminist and Holocaust denier, according to the Guardian.
The SITE website, which specializes in surveillance of terrorist organizations, also reports that the suspect posted a document in which he calls for “killing as many anti-whites as possible, preferably Jews”. The document was apparently created on 1 October also detailed the preparations he made for the attack and showed images of weapons.
“According to the current state of knowledge we must assume that it is at least an antisemitic attack,” said the German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer in the evening.
The Halle attack is the second livestreamed rightwing extremist attack this year, following the March massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, which was broadcast on Facebook Live.