A man armed with three knives who pretended to be Jewish attempted to enter an Antwerp synagogue over the holiday of Shavuot before being apprehended.

According to the CKJGA “Shmira” Jewish patrol group of Antwerp, “A suspicious person with Iraqi roots tried to enter the Van De Nest synagogue walking next to his bike and carrying a bag. The suspect wore a kippa on his head and pretended to be Jewish.”

“The Shmira volunteers stopped him before entering to conduct a safety questioning. After the questioning, they requested police check him. He seemed to be carrying two small and one larger knives. Police arrested the suspect on grounds of carrying a forbidden weapon and trying to get into the synagogue.”