3 injured in suspected arson attack on Brussels Synagogue

September 16, 2014 17:26

Authorities following "all leads" in possible anti-Semitic attack just as Brussels Jewish Museum following the shooting which killed an Israeli couple, French woman and Belgian man.


Demonstrators in Brussels hold a giant Palestinian flag and anti-Israel signs. (photo credit: REUTERS/FRANCOIS LENOIR)

Belgian authorities are investigating a possible arson attack on a Brussels synagogue after smoke from the fire injured three people, according to a report by the Dutch news agency Deutsche Welle on Tuesday.

The fire was reported to authorities on Tuesday morning in the Brussels suburb of Anderlecht.

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However, according to the report, a local Jewish community representative stated to Dutch media that the attack may not have been an act of anti-Semitism because the Torah scrolls and other sacred books were not harmed.

The fire, nonetheless, broke out in the synagogue only two days after the Brussels Jewish Museum in the Belgian capital reopened after having been closed since the May 24 attack by a gunman who opened fire in the museum, killing an Israeli couple, a French woman and a Belgian man.

French national Mehdi Nemmouche is suspected of having carried out that attack after spending most of 2013 fighting in Syria with Islamist rebels, French prosecutors have said.

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