German shooter who attacked synagogue motivated by far-right views

By Helene Fung

Germany’s chief federal prosecutor Peter Frank said that a man suspected of attacking a synagogue in the city of Halle on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur on Wednesday was motivated by far-right views, calling the incident “terrorism”.

Mr Frank said that shooter, Stephen Balliet, was “a man who was influenced by scary anti-Semitism, xenophobia and racism, [and] was heavily armed”.

It was reported that Mr Balliet shot at the door of the synagogue, but could not get past the solid gate to get to the 70-80 people praying inside.

He then shot dead a woman in the street and another man in a nearby kebab shop. Four kilograms of explosives were also found in Mr his car.

Mr Frank speculated that Mr Balliet might have modelled his attack on the deadly massacre on Christchurch mosques earlier this year, and that he wanted to kill as many people as possible.

Mr Balliet faces two counts of murder and nine counts of attempted murder charges.


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