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Three arrested over attempted arson on Swedish synagogue

STOCKHOLM: Police in Sweden on Sunday arrested three people over a failed arson attempt at a synagogue in the country's second largest city, Gothenburg. The three were detained on suspicion of attempted arson, police said in a statement, after a burning object was thrown at the building but did not catch fire late on Saturday night. Jewish community members told local media the synagogue was attacked by a group of masked men who threw multiple burning objects. Read More: Palestinian reconciliation hits obstacles on…

Sweden acquits Syrian of ‘terror crime’ after attack

STOCKHOLM: A court on Friday acquitted a Syrian refugee accused of attacking a Shia cultural centre in southern Sweden, saying there was no evidence against him to prove a "terror crime" or arson. The 30-year-old Syrian citizen, a Sunni Muslim, had been charged with a "terror crime, alternatively arson" after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at the centre on October 11, triggering a fire while several people were having a celebration in Sweden's third largest city of Malmo. Lennart Strinas, a judge at the Malmo…

Israel arrests 13 on suspicion of arson over mass wildfires

JERUSALEM: Israeli police arrested 13 people on Friday on suspicion of arson, authorities said, after massive wildfires tore through central and northern Israel, a conflagration that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded as "terrorism". Firefighters kept battling the flames in wooded hills around Jerusalem and in northern areas on Friday, with support from Palestinian firemen and emergency teams from Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Italy, Russia and Turkey. Netanyahu said he had also accepted offers of help from Egypt and…

ATC orders immediate arrest of Baldia factory suspects

KARACHI: An Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) on Saturday has ordered the immediate arrest of the suspects of the Baldia Town factory arson case, ARY News reported. The court expressed displeasure over the delay in the arrests of the main suspects who have been previously declared absconders and demanded that they be arrested even if they are on their deathbed and presented in the next hearing. The court was informed that efforts were made for their arrest with the assistance of intelligence agencies but no records were found.…