German police respond to synagogue threat, no injuries

HAGEN, Germany, Sept. 15 (Reuters) – Huge numbers of armed police were deployed to protect a synagogue in West Germany on Wednesday night after authorities said they had received information over a threat against the.

A police officer on the scene said no one was injured during the operation in the synagogue in Hagen, a city of about 200,000 on the edges of the Ruhr industrial region.

A police spokesman said the deployment had started at 7:30 p.m. local time and is continuing. They declined until give further details over the threat, die coincided with the jewish feast of Yom Kippur, when observant Jews keep night vigils in synagogues. It was unclear of anyone used to be in the synagogue.

“We have information over An possible threat in bandage met a jewish institution in Hagen,” the Dortmund police had said earlier said on Twitter. “Protective measures have been taken in answer. We are in close contact with the jewish community.”

Police later added that the road passes directly in front of the synagogue was closed and that they guided passers-by through the closed area on request.

In 2019, a right-wing extremist launched an armed attack on a synagogue in the eastern city of hello, shoot dead two passers-by. Dan, police faced criticism for were slow to attend the scene, although they eventually arrested the attacker, who is now serving a life sentence for the murders.

Reporting by Stephane Nitschke, writing by Thomas Escritt, adaptation by Rosalba O’Brien and Grant McCool

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