Ten Americans were inside a synagogue in Germany that a gunman attempted to enter on Wednesday, according to Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to the country.
All of the U.S. citizens “are safe an unharmed,” Grenell tweeted.
We have identified 10 Americans who were inside the synagogue at the time of the attack, all are safe and unharmed. https://t.co/bDP8V5mmfu
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) October 9, 2019
The ambassador shared the information after a gunman killed two people in the German city of Halle on Wednesday, police said.
The gunman reportedly shot at the door of the synagogue, where 70 to 80 people were observing Judaism’s holiest day, Yom Kippur.
He then moved on to shooting outside the building and into a kebab shop, The Associated Press reported. Additional details remain unclear.
Grenell had shared a tweet from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin condemning the attack in Halle.
“This attack is an attack on all of us and the perpetrators must be held accountable. We mourn the victims of this senseless violence,” the embassy tweeted.
We strongly condemn the attack on the synagogue in #Halle today, on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. This attack is an attack on all of us and the perpetrators must be held accountable. We mourn the victims of this senseless violence. #hal0910
— US-Botschaft Berlin (@usbotschaft) October 9, 2019
Synagogues have been increasing security for the High Holidays, including Yom Kippur, due to fear of attacks, according to the Religion News Service.