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Attack on Jewish community in Sweden follows surge of hate crimes

Malmo’s 600-strong Jewish community has endured attacks ranging from verbal abuse to desecration of a synagogue and a Jewish cemetery in recent months.

by Nathalie Rothschild, Haaretz

September 28, 2012 | 9:49 am

Men exit a Jewish community center in Malmo, Sweden, where a loud explosion was heard early on Sept. 28. Photo by REUTERS/Drago Prvulovic/Scanpix Sweden

Men exit a Jewish community center in Malmo, Sweden, where a loud explosion was heard early on Sept. 28. Photo by REUTERS/Drago Prvulovic/Scanpix Sweden

A Jewish community building in Malmö, Sweden was attacked overnight between Thursday and Friday with explosives and bricks.

"I was shocked that this happened now," Fred Kahn, president of the Jewish Community in Malmö told the TT news agency. "Jewish institutions in Sweden are under constant threat, but we have not noticed anything out of the ordinary recently."

The community building houses a kindergarten, meeting halls and apartments. Nobody was injured in the explosion, which, according to witnesses, could be heard several blocks away.

According to local police, witnesses saw two speeding cars leaving the scene of the explosion. The police managed to stop one of the vehicles and arrested two 18-year-old men on suspicion of causing severe damage. The police suspect more people were involved in planning and executing the attack.

Read more at haaretz.com.

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