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Explosion injures 3 at Sikh temple in western Germany

  • A police officers stand passes by a Sikh temple after three people have been injured in an apparently deliberate explosion Saturday evening, April 16, 2016 in the western German 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. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)

    A police officers stand passes by a Sikh temple after three people have been injured in an apparently deliberate explosion Saturday evening, April 16, 2016 in the western German 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. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police officers stand in front of a Sikh temple after three people have been injured in an apparently deliberate explosion Saturday evening, April 16, 2016 in the western German 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. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)

    Police officers stand in front of a Sikh temple after three people have been injured in an apparently deliberate explosion Saturday evening, April 16, 2016 in the western German 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. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

German police say three people have been injured in an apparently deliberate explosion at a Sikh temple 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 p.m. 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 temple had hosted a wedding earlier in the day and those injured are believed to have been among the guests.