Four suspects arrested for German synagogue attack plans

In Hagen, near Dortmund, four people were arrested who may have wanted to attack a synagogue in the German city. One of the suspects is a 16-year-old boy with a Syrian background, of the other three the background is not yet known.

The boy allegedly said in chat messages that he planned a bomb attack at the Jewish place of worship. It should take place at Yom Kippur, the most important holiday of Judaism celebrated since last night.

Police say three others have also been detained when searching the teens home this morning. Several media reports that the boy lived with his father.

Previous attack on Yom Kippur

Last night, many officers were on their feet at the synagogue, after information was received to the police that there may be an attack on the ground. After the building and the surrounding area had been extensively searched and no explosives were found, the danger had passed. However, it was made impossible for the Jewish community in Hagen to celebrate Yom Kippur.

Two years ago, a right-wing extremist German terrorist tried to create a massacre in a synagogue in Halle East Germany on this holiday. That failed, but he shot two random people in the street and in a dรถner shop.