Bullet holes found at synagogue in Essen

Four shots were fired at the rabbi’s house near the old Synagogue in the western German city of Essen.

Local media reported that the shots were likely fired from a pistol.

No one was injured in the incident and there is no immediate danger to the public, authorities said.

Police searched the area with an explosives-sniffing dog in order to “rule out any other sources of danger.” So far, there have not been any indications of potential explosive devices at the synagogue or in the surrounding area.

Authorities said they were in contact with the Jewish community and Essen city officials.

The Old Synagogue in Essen is now a major site for German-Jewish culture and history. The synagogue regularly hosts events and exhibitions.

The cultural monument is one of the largest, free-standing synagogues in Europe that was built at the start of the 20th century.

The attack comes just over three years since a deadly shooting that targeted a synagogue in the eastern German city of Halle.

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