Police officers block a street when working in Hagen
Photo: Henning Kaiser / dpa
After a major operation in the North Rhine-Westphalian town of Hagen on Wednesday evening, the police are currently searching the apartment of a young person suspected of terrorism.
According to SPIEGEL information, the 16-year-old Syrian is said to have planned to commit an explosives attack on the local synagogue.
The security authorities had previously received a tip from a foreign secret service.
The partner service therefore warned of a suspected Islamist in Germany who behaved suspiciously on the Internet.
According to SPIEGEL information, the extremist is said to have spoken of an explosives attack on a synagogue in a monitored communication with a chat partner.
The investigation led to the 16-year-old Syrian who lives in Hagen in an apartment with his father.
The reason for his possible plan is said to have been the beginning of the highest Jewish holiday, Yom Kippur.
The public prosecutor's office in Düsseldorf is investigating the young person on suspicion of preparing a serious act of violence that is dangerous to the state.
Search at night
Since the early evening hours, a large number of police had protected the Hagen synagogue.
A planned service and other celebrations have been canceled.
Explosive detection dogs were used in the premises and the surrounding area.
The police could not find any indications of an imminent risk on site.
State security officers have been searching the suspect's apartment since the morning hours.
The operation in the evening brought back memories of the terrorist attack in Halle on the Yom Kippur festival in 2019, when a right-wing extremist shot two people and injured two others near a synagogue.
The massive door of the synagogue prevented the attacker from entering the building and massacring the believers.
Highest Jewish holiday
Since the Jewish New Year celebrations in early September, the period of commemoration and penance ends on Yom Kippur.
The Dortmund police responsible for the Hagen case announced that they were in close contact with the Jewish community.
North Rhine-Westphalia's Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) had been informed about the police operation.
"The minister is fully informed about the possible threat," said a spokesman on Wednesday evening.
The Jewish community in Hagen is small.
According to the Central Welfare Office for Jews in Germany, it had 264 members in 2020.