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No suspects left in Malmo JCC attack

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Police in Malmo have no suspects in September’s attack on the Swedish city’s Jewish community center after dropping charges against two suspects.

Anders Lindell, a police spokesman, said all charges were dropped against the 18-year-old men arrested after the Sept. 28 attack.

“The investigation is ongoing,” he said.

The two were arrested shortly after an explosion was heard outside the JCC, which also houses a Jewish day school. The bulletproof entrance door was smashed in the incident.

Police at first declined to define the attack as anti-Semitic but eventually classified it as a hate crime.

In 2009, unidentified suspects set off an explosive device outside the city’s synagogue. In the past few years, approximately 70 anti-Semitic incidents have been reported annually in Malmo, which has a few hundred Jews amid a population that is 30 to 40 percent Muslim.

A number of marches have been held to protest anti-Semitism in recent months, drawing both Jews and non-Jews. — jta


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