German Police Arrest Four People over Possible Threat to Synagogue

German police said on Thursday that they arrested four people, including a 16-year-old boy, after they received information about a possible threat to a synagogue in western Germany.

German media broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported that many police officers were dispatched in the town of Hagen to respond to a possible threat of attack during a planned service for the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur.

In a tweet, authorities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia said that they received “information about a possible threat related to a Jewish institution in Hagen.”

“Protection measures have been taken in response. We are in close contact with the Jewish community,” police said in a statement.

After working with anti-terrorism authorities, Hagen police were able to apprehend four individuals as a result of their investigation into the threat.

North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Herbert Reul confirmed that one of the arrested people was a minor.

A police officer said that no one had been hurt during their search operation.


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