After A Threat To A Synagogue On Yom Kippur, German Police Detain A Teen Last Week

by Aleena Imran

Authorities said a 16-year-old kid was arrested for a probable Islamic terrorist attack on a synagogue in Hagen, Germany, on September 16, 2021.  The arrest occurred on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, and two years after a devastating incident on the same day in another German city.

Police blocked off the synagogue last Wednesday, and a worship service was canceled for that evening.  Police employing sniffer dogs did not discover harmful objects in or around the synagogue.

On September 16, 2021, police officers stand in front of the door to the Jewish Community bodybuilding in Hagen, Germany. (AP Photo/Henning Kaiser)

A raid on an apartment where the teen lived led to the arrest of three more people, the ministry said.  During the search, investigators did not locate bomb components, but confiscated cellphones and other items, which they will now examine.   Sources said the 16-year-old told someone in an online conversation that he was planning an explosives attack on a synagogue, and the investigation led investigators to him.

Prosecutors told news agency DPA that the teen admitted to communicating with a bomb-making expert via the messaging app Telegram, but denied planning an attack on the synagogue.  Two years ago, a German right-wing terrorist stormed a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle on Yom Kippur. That attack is widely regarded as one of the heinous anti-Semitic attacks in the country’s postwar history.

After the police operation in Hagen, Germany, on Thursday, September 16, 2021, the square in front of the entrance to the Jewish Community building is vacant. (AP Photo/Henning Kaiser)

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