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December 18, 2015  RSS feed
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Paris synagogue goers mildly poisoned by irritant smeared on lock

(JTA) – Fourteen people were mildly poisoned by a toxic substance that was applied to the keypad of an electronic lock of a synagogue south of Paris.

Members of the Jewish community of Bonneuilsur Marne on Monday, Dec. 14, called rescue services to report a sudden strong burning sensation in their eyes and itchy rashes on their skin, Le Parisien reported.

Some 25 firemen rushed to the synagogue, which is under police and military protection whenever it is open. They treated congregants who were poisoned and traced its source to the lock. Described as a nonlethal irritant, the substance found on the pad was sent for analysis at a police forensic lab.

The substance was applied to the pad when the synagogue was closed and the military personnel guarding it were not present, according to the daily. Two of the victims filed a police complaint against unidentified individuals believed to have been responsible. Police believe the substance was deliberately placed there to cause harm.


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