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Sweden investigates attempted arson against Jewish chapel

Swedish police say they are probing an attempted arson against a Jewish chapel after a similar attack against a synagogue, which came in the wake of the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Two burning objects had been thrown at chapel, located at a Jewish cemetery, in Sweden’s third largest city of Malmo, the Jewish assembly says in a statement.

Malmo police spokesman Lars Forstell tells AFP that the incident is being investigated “as an attempted arson” and that the motive is unclear.

No serious damage has been done to the building and no one was hurt.

But the Jewish assembly in Malmo says it sees the incident as “extremely serious.”

“We strongly emphasise that we can never accept being subjected to threats and attacks,” it said in the statement.

Swedish police have tightened security near Jewish sites across the nation following a fire attack on a synagogue in the second largest city of Gothenburg on late Saturday.

— AFP

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