A man broke into a synagogue during Shabbat evening services in Buenos Aires and threatened worshippers.

The attack took place at the Mikdash Yosef congregation in the Palermo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires.

During the attack, the assailant threatened the worshipers with a sharp object and threw stones at the congregants and a security guard. He also threw oil on the floor, causing several worshipers to fall on the synagogue’s entrance floor. One of the guards prevented further violence by pepper spraying the attacker.

The attacker shouted antisemitic slogans during the attack. He was arrested when the police arrived.

“I never thought that something like this could happen. We had terror here,” said Rabbi Uriel Husni, the leader of the congregation. “Together with security we were able to stop it. We are asking for police protection for the door of the synagogue.”