An unknown assailant hurled a pipe bomb at a synagogue in Kyrgyzstan’s capital
of Bishkek on Thursday, the first day of Rosh Hashana.
No one was hurt in
the blast, but some damage was caused to the synagogue, community members
“The bomb was laden with nails to cause maximum harm,” Rabbi Arye
Reichman, the community’s religious leader, told The Jerusalem Post. “Luckily,
they threw the bomb at 17:30, an hour before 100 worshipers came. Many people
could have been hurt.”
One reason the homemade explosive device caused
relatively little damage was that it landed in a small pond before
About 1,000 Jews live in the central Asian country, according
the American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee which maintains a Jewish
community center in the capital.
Last year, during a coup d’état that
rocked the former Soviet republic, firebombs were thrown at a local synagogue
and anti- Semitic slogans were scrawled onto several buildings in
Reichman said that relations between the Jewish community and
Kyrgyzstan’s moderately Muslim majority on the whole were good. Local
authorities opened an investigation into Thursday’s incident and have beefed up
security around Jewish institutions.
“I hope they find who did it,
otherwise we’re in trouble,” Reichman said.