Four arrested, including 16-year-old boy for ‘plotting an Islamic extremist attack on a synagogue’ in Germany

Four arrested, including 16-year-old boy for ‘plotting an Islamist extremist attack on a synagogue’ in Germany on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur

  • Police arrested four people on suspicion of planning an attack on a synagogue
  • ‘Islamically motivated’ attack thwarted after tip from foreign intelligence service
  • Came after teen told someone online that he was planning an attack in Germany










Four people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of plotting an Islamist extremist attack on a synagogue in Germany on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.

The arrests took place on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, and two years after a deadly attack in another German city on the same holiday.

Police cordoned off the synagogue in Hagen on Wednesday and a worship service scheduled for the evening was canceled.

Officials had received “very serious and concrete information” that an attack on the synagogue could take place during Yom Kippur, said Herbert Reul, the interior minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Hagen is located.

The tip pointed to “an Islamist-motivated threat situation” and mentioned the possible timing and suspect, he added.

Four people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of plotting an Islamist extremist attack on a synagogue in Germany (pictured) on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur

The police closed the synagogue in Hagen on Wednesday and a worship service planned for the evening was canceled

The police closed the synagogue in Hagen on Wednesday and a worship service planned for the evening was canceled

Police using sniffer dogs found no dangerous objects in or around the synagogue, Reul said.

On Thursday morning, the 16-year-old, a Syrian living in Hagen, was arrested.

Three other people have been arrested in an apartment raid and authorities are investigating whether they were involved in the suspected plan, the minister said.

Reul said there was going on in Hagen but did not provide details or answer questions. He didn’t say where the tip came from.

Der Spiegel newspaper reported, without citing the source, that the tip came from a foreign intelligence service.

It said the teen told someone in an online chat that he was planning an explosives attack on a synagogue, and the probe led investigators to the 16-year-old, who lived with his father in Hagen.

Officials had received

Officials had received “very serious and concrete information” that there could be an attack on the synagogue during Yom Kippur, said Herbert Reul, the interior minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Hagen is located.

The tip pointed to 'an Islamistically motivated threat situation' and mentioned the possible timing and suspect.  Police formed a 'ring of steel' around the site to prevent the attack

The tip pointed to ‘an Islamistically motivated threat situation’ and mentioned the possible timing and suspect. Police formed a ‘ring of steel’ around the site to prevent the attack

Police with sniffer dogs found no dangerous objects in or around the synagogue in Hagen

Police with sniffer dogs found no dangerous objects in or around the synagogue in Hagen

Two years ago on Yom Kippur, a German right-wing extremist attacked a synagogue in the East German city of Halle.

The attack is considered one of the worst anti-Semitic attacks in the country’s post-war history.

The attacker repeatedly tried, but failed, to break into the synagogue with 52 worshipers inside.

He then shot and killed a 40-year-old woman on the street and a 20-year-old man at a nearby kebab shop as an “appropriate target” with immigrant roots.

He placed an anti-Semitic screed before carrying out the October 9, 2019 attack in the East German city of Halle and broadcast the shooting live on a popular gaming site.

German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht strongly condemned the thwarted attack in Hagen.

“It is unacceptable that Jews are again exposed to such a terrible threat and that they cannot celebrate the start of their highest holiday, Yom Kippur, together,” the minister said.

Two years ago, on Yom Kippur, a German right-wing extremist attacked a synagogue in the East German city of Halle (pictured, a man draped in an Israeli flag lays flowers in front of the synagogue in Halle in 2019)

Two years ago, on Yom Kippur, a German right-wing extremist attacked a synagogue in the East German city of Halle (pictured, a man draped in an Israeli flag lays flowers in front of the synagogue in Halle in 2019)

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