Unknown assailants targeted the Shaarei Torah Yeshiva in Manchester overnight Sunday, firing shots at the building before escaping from the scene, The Jewish Chronicle website reported on Sunday. No one was wounded in the attack.
Police have signaled that the attacks were intended for the Yeshiva and not a coincidence, the Yeshiva World News reported.
According to the report, two cars were seen driving erratically around the yeshiva around 2am Sunday. “Some of the college’s 170 students came outside the building to discover the source of the disturbance when a flash was seen and a shot heard coming from the window of one of the cars,” The Jewish Chronicle stated.
At least one bullet casing was discovered by students on the road shortly after the cars sped off.
The website reported that large police forces arrived at the scene and shut the road leading to the yeshiva, which is the largest in Manchester.
A teacher at a school adjacent to the yeshiva told Ynet on Sunday that five shots hit the façade of the building, which has Hebrew writing on it. “Since the incident it is impossible to access the street. Its been blocked off from all sides by police,” he said, adding that lately there has been tension surrounding the Jewish community in the area.
A Manchester court is currently in the midst of a trial against a Muslim couple accused of plotting to commit a terror attack against the Jewish community. Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, pleaded guilty to the charges, while his wife Shasta Khan denied involvement.