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Two arrested after man shot by air rifle outside Paris-area synagogue

French police arrest two teenagers in a suburb of Paris on suspicion that they wounded a person while firing an air rifle at a synagogue on Shabbat.

The two teenagers lightly wounded a passerby near the synagogue of Sarcelles on Friday by shooting a lead projectile into his calf, the AFP news agency reports. A court clarifies that they are not being investigated as suspects in an anti-Semitic hate crime over the incident.

The two alleged shooters are aged 15 and 16, the Le Parisien newspaper reports.

They staked out the synagogue from a balcony overlooking the building on Friday night, as worshipers began to gather there.

Moise Kahloun, the president of the Jewish community of Sarcelles, says he does not believe the attack was anti-Semitic. “This is not an anti-Semitic attack, just kids who shot at random.”

— JTA

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