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Police officers block a street in Hagen, Germany, on Sept. 15, 2021. Photo: Henning Kaiser/picture alliance via Getty Images

German police on Thursday detained four people in connection with an alleged plot to attack a synagogue in the western city of Hagen, AP reports.

The big picture: The arrests coincided with Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism, and come two years after a German right-wing extremist attacked a synagogue in the eastern town of Halle, killing two.

  • The 2019 attack is considered one of the worst anti-Semitic assaults in the country’s post-war history, AP notes.

Driving the news: Foreign intelligence services tipped off German security officials about the threat, AP reported, citing Der Spiegel.

  • A 16-year-old — one of the four people detained — allegedly said in an online chat that he was planning to attack a synagogue with explosives.
  • The police also searched several homes in Hagen before detaining four, per AP.
  • A service planned for Wednesday night at the synagogue in Hagen was canceled due to the threat.

What they're saying: "It is intolerable that Jews are again exposed to such a horrible threat and that they cannot celebrate the start of their highest holiday, Yom Kippur, together," German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said.

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Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly bombing in southern Afghanistan

The mosque after the explosion in southern Kandahar province on Oct. 15. Photo: Murteza Khaliqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a massive blast that tore through a crowded Shiite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Friday, killing at least 47 people and injuring dozens more, AP reports.

Why it matters: Friday's attack was the deadliest to strike Afghanistan since the U.S. withdrew its troops from the region and is the second major attack on a Shiite mosque in a week, underscoring the Taliban's growing security threat from other militant groups.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.