In a shocking incident that has sent shockwaves across Germany, several people were killed in a shooting at a Jehovah’s Witness centre in the town of Frankfurt on Tuesday morning.
According to initial reports, the shooting took place at around 10 am local time when an armed man entered the centre and opened fire on those inside. The motives behind the attack are not yet clear, but police have launched an investigation into the incident.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing several victims lying on the ground, with some bleeding heavily, while others ran for cover. The area around the centre has been cordoned off by police, and residents have been advised to stay indoors.
The attack has been condemned by local politicians and religious leaders, who have expressed their shock and sadness at the senseless act of violence. The Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian denomination known for their door-to-door evangelism, have also released a statement expressing their condolences to the families of the victims.
This is not the first time that the Jehovah’s Witnesses have been targeted in Germany. In 2018, six members of the community were attacked with a hammer in a town in northern Germany. The attacker was later identified as a 19-year-old man with a history of mental illness.
The latest incident has once again highlighted the need for stricter gun control laws in Germany, where there have been several high-profile shootings in recent years. In 2016, a gunman killed nine people in a shopping mall in Munich, while in 2019, two people were killed in a shooting in the city of Halle.
The police have called on anyone with information about the attack to come forward and assist with the investigation. The identities of the victims have not yet been released, and it is not clear if the attacker has been apprehended.
As the investigation into the shooting continues, the thoughts and prayers of the people of Germany are with the families and loved ones of the victims. Such senseless acts of violence have no place in our society, and we must work together to ensure that they are never allowed to happen again.
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