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    Tufts police investigate swastika graffiti

    Tufts University police and Somerville police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti left on a building at the school, officials said Saturday.

    Several swastikas were painted on a wall in the back of Lewis Hall, along the Powder House Boulevard side of the building at the campus in Somerville, Tufts University Police Department said in a statement.

    The markings appear to be similar to the ones that defaced a different building at the school in late November, officials said.

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    Tufts also suffered similar anti-Semitic messages in June 2014 and April 2013.

    This is also the second school in the area to be targeted recently. Swastikas were drawn on two fliers at Northeastern University in November promoting a guest speaker from the Israel Defense Forces.

    Kyle Plantz can be reached at kyle.plantz@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @kylejplantz.