German police said Thursday they had arrested four people, including a 16-year-old boy, after receiving information about a possible threat to a synagogue.
Late Wednesday, police stepped up their protection of a synagogue in Hagen, a town of about 200,000 people on the fringes of the industrial Ruhr region in the west of the country.
The threat coincided with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, when observant Jews hold night vigils in synagogues.
Hagen police said on Thursday they arrested four people following their investigation into the threat and searched several buildings.
In 2019, a right-wing extremist launched an armed attack on a synagogue in the eastern city of Halle, killing two passers-by. Afterwards, police were criticized for being slow to reach the scene, although they eventually arrested the assailant, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murders.
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