Stephan Balliet (C) also fired at police during the attack in Halle

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.

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

Only a heavy, bolted door kept him from firing at 52 Jewish worshippers marking the Yom Kippur festival inside.

It nearly became Germany’s worst anti-Semitic atrocity since the Nazi era.

Balliet expressed no remorse for the attack on the synagogue.

During his five-month trial, Balliet denied the Holocaust in open court – a criminal offence in Germany.

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

Police pictured at the kebab shop after the shootings

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