Incident Summary:

10/09/2019: An assailant, identified as Stephan Balliet, attempted to attack a synagogue in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. The door to the synagogue was locked and the assailant was unable to gain entry. He then shot and killed a woman outside the synagogue. This was one of three related attacks carried out by Balliet on this day. Balliet, an Anti-Semitic extremist, claimed responsibility by live-streaming the attack on Twitch and through a manifesto he had posted earlier online. During the attack, Balliet "ranted about Jews, feminism and immigration" and in his manifesto stated "If I fail and the but kill a single jew, it's worth it. After all, if every White Man kills just one, we win."




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Paulus.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Synagogue
Nationality of Target Germany
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Grenade
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Homemade grenades, a homemade Luty 9-mm sub-machine gun (SMG), a homemade 12-gauge slam-fire shotgun, and Molotov cocktails were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included a civilian named Jana L.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Semitic extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"German synagogue shooter was far-right extremist: A rarity in Europe," Jerusalem Post, October 11, 2019.
"How the Germany Synagogue Shooter's Manifesto Follows the Far-Right Playbook," VICE, October 11, 2019.
"Neo-Nazi in Custody after Deadly Yom Kippur Shooting in Germany," Latin American Herald Tribune, October 10, 2019.