19 September 2006


Terrible news from Oslo:

"OSLO, Norway (Reuters) -- Shots were fired at a synagogue in central Oslo early on Sunday and police said they were investigating whether the incident was linked to religious hatred.

Armed police sealed off the synagogue after the incident at around 2.30 a.m. (0030 GMT). No one was injured.

"It seems some of the shots hit the synagogue," said Bjoern Christian Joergensen, a police spokesman.

Asked if the shooting was connected to religious intolerance, he said: "We are keeping all options open and investigating this possibility."

The Mosaic Religious Community, which owns the synagogue, had asked for better protection of its property following threats and after the site was vandalized in early August.

"This is the last in a series of incidents this summer whose purpose, it sees, is to scare us," Anne Sender, the leader of the Mosaic Religious Community, told Reuters."

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