A 16-year-old was among four Muslims detained on suspicion of planning an “Islamic extremism-motivated” attack with explosives on a synagogue in the German city of Hagenon on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.
WorldIsraelNews 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 North Rhine-Westphalia state, where Hagen is located. The tip pointed to “an Islamic extremist-motivated threat situation,” and named the possible timing and suspect, he added.
On Thursday morning, the 16-year-old, a Syrian Muslim 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.
News magazine Der Spiegel reported, without identifying sources, 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.
German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht sharply condemned the foiled Hagen attack.
“It is intolerable that Jews are again exposed to such a horrible threat and that they cannot celebrate the start of their highest holiday, Yom Kippur, together,” the minister said.