Germany: Yom Kippur Nazi terrorist admits he tried to massacre Jews motivated by anti-Semitism
The 27-year-old German Nazi terrorist who failed to shoot down the door of a Synagogue in the city of Halle in order to massacre scores of Jewish worshipers during Yom Kippur confessed that he was motivated by anti-Semitism and neo-Nazi extremism, Germany’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office said on Friday.
During a lengthy meeting with German investigators on Thursday, the Nazi terrorist spoke “very extensively” and admitted that anti-Semitic and ‘right-wing’ beliefs motivated him to commit the terror attack, a spokesperson for the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said.
His lawyer said that “it wouldn’t make sense to deny the attack, and he didn’t.”
The Nazi terrorist, identified as 27-year-old Stephan Balliet, murdered two people outside the synagogue.
A 40-year-old woman was killed in front of the synagogue and a 20-year-old man in a nearby kebab shop. Two other people, a couple, were shot and remained hospitalized Friday after undergoing surgery, a hospital spokesman said.
The arrest warrant was for two counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder.
Prosecutors also said on Friday that the Nazi terrorist had built his own weapons after finding a 3D printer in his home.
In the wake of the attack, Jewish community leaders criticized German authorities for failing to do enough to combat rising anti-Semitism, while demanding round-the-clock security for Jewish sites in the country.
‘The fact that 75 years after the Holocaust, such groups are gaining influence in Germany speaks volumes,’ Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress, said.