German police say three people have been injured in an apparently deliberate explosion at a gurdwara in the western city of Essen.
A spokesman for Essen police told The Associated Press that a masked person is reported to have fled the scene shortly after the blast at 7:00 pm Saturday (1700 GMT). Spokesman Lars Lindemann said the explosion was “quite violent,” blowing out several windows. One of the injured was said to be in a serious condition.
Lindemann says police are working on the assumption that the explosion was caused deliberately but that there are no indications it was a terrorist incident. He says the gurdwara had hosted a wedding earlier in the day and those injured are believed to have been among the guests.