Germany far-right gunman who attacked synagogue housing 52 worshippers jailed for life

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Germany far-right gunman who attacked synagogue housing 52 worshippers jailed for life

A German court has jailed a far-right gunman for life for his deadly attack on a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle last year, 2019.

 

Stephan Balliet, 28, shot and killed a female passer-by and a man at a kebab shop after failing to break into the synagogue which had about 52 worshippers on 9 October 2019.

He wore combat clothing on the day of the attack and filmed the shooting, broadcasting it for 35 minutes on the internet.

 

Germany far-right gunman who attacked synagogue housing 52 worshippers jailed for life

 

A heavy, bolted door at the synagogue was what kept him from firing at the Jewish worshippers marking the Yom Kippur festival inside.

If he had been successful, the death would have become Germany’s worst anti-Semitic atrocity since the Nazi era.

 
During his trial, Balliet expressed no remorse for the attack on the synagogue.

He said that “attacking the synagogue was not a mistake, they are my enemies”.

 




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