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10/12/2017 13:05 SAST | Updated 10/12/2017 13:06 SAST

Arson Attack On Swedish Synagogue

Jewish community members told local media the synagogue was attacked by a group of masked men.

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Police is seen at the site of an attack near a synagogue in Gothenburg, Sweden December 9, 2017.

A synagogue in Sweden's second largest city Gothenburg was attacked in a failed arson attempt on Saturday, police said.

"A burning object was thrown at the building but it (the fire) did not catch on," police spokesman Lars Tunefjord told local news outlet TT, adding the attack occurred shortly after 10pm.

No one was injured but Jewish community members told local media the synagogue was attacked by a group of masked men who threw multiple burning objects.

Some 20 youngsters briefly took shelter in a cellar during the attack, they added.

"Events over the last few days between Trump and Israel and the unrest between Israel and Palestine, those things always lead to higher threats," Jewish community leader Allan Stutzinsky told the daily GT newspaper.

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