Authorities say a teen, 16, and three persons have been arrested Thursday following a perceived attack by Islamic fanatics to carry out an attack on a synagogue in the German city of JHagen.
The arrested happened on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism and exactly two years after the deadly attack in another German city on the Yom Kippur holiday.
Authorities closed off the synagogue Wednesday, according to reports.
“Officials had received very serious and concrete information” that there could be an attack on the synagogue during Yom Kippur, the tip pointed to “an Islamist-motivated threat situation,” said Herbert Reul the interior minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state.
Police using sniffer dogs found no dangerous objects in or around the synagogue, Reul said. On Thursday morning, the 16-year-old, a Syrian national who lives in Hagen, was detained. Three other people were detained in a raid on an apartment, and authorities are investigating whether they were involved in the suspected plan, the minister said.
Reul said searches were ongoing in Hagen, but gave no details and took no questions. He didn’t say where the tip came from.
That the tip came from a foreign intelligence service.
It said the teenager told someone in an online chat that he was planning an attack with explosives on a synagogue, and the probe led investigators to the 16-year-old, who lived with his father in Hagen.