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L.A. synagogue targeted with bomb threats

(JTA) — A Los Angeles-area synagogue was the victim of several bomb threats.

The Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday investigated the bomb threats against the Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

One bomb threat was called in to police early Tuesday morning and two more calls, which said that there was a bomb planted in a car at an intersection near the synagogue, came close to 8 a.m.

A suspicious package left in a car adjacent to the synagogue was blown up by police but found not to contain explosives, the synagogue’s executive director, Howard Kaplan, said in a statement on the synagogue’s website.

Kaplan said that a suspect was in police custody, and that the arrest was based largely on video footage from the synagogue’s surveillance cameras.

All synagogue activities were canceled for Tuesday.

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