Po­lice blow up ex­plo­sives stashed in raided apart­ment

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Po­lice of­fi­cers leave an apart­ment after con­trolled det­o­na­tions in the east­ern city of in Chem­nitz, Ger­many, yes­ter­day. Ger­man in­ves­ti­ga­tors found sev­eral hun­dred grams of ex­plo­sives in an apart­ment they raided yes­ter­day in the east­ern city of Chem­nitz as they sought a Syr­ian man suspected of plan­ning a bomb­ing at­tack. The sus­pect re­mained on the run, but three con­tacts were de­tained and are be­ing ques­tioned, po­lice said. BER­LIN (AP): GER­MAN IN­VES­TI­GA­TORS found sev­eral hun­dred grams of “highly volatile” ex­plo­sives in an apart­ment they raided yes­ter­day in the east­ern city of Chem­nitz as they sought a Syr­ian man suspected of plan­ning a bomb­ing at­tack. The sus­pect re­mained on the run, but three con­tacts were de­tained and be­ing ques­tioned, po­lice said.

Sax­ony po­lice spokesman Tom Bern­hardt told re­porters the ex­plo­sives were found by in­ves­ti­ga­tors who combed care­fully through the apart­ment, which was raided midday.

“They were not just ly­ing out on the kitchen table; they were rel­a­tively well hid­den,” he said.

About 100 peo­ple were evac­u­ated from the five-storey apart­ment build­ing in Chem­nitz as the bomb squad re­moved the ex­plo­sives, which were not con­sid­ered sta­ble enough to move far. They were then de­stroyed in a con­trolled det­o­na­tion, po­lice said.

“It’s a highly volatile mix­ture,” Bern­hardt said, adding that ex­perts said it was con­sid­ered more dan­ger­ous than TNT. He did not iden­tify the type of ex­plo­sive.

The apart­ment was raided after lo­cal au­thor­i­ties re­ceived a tip from Ger­many’s do­mes­tic in­tel­li­gence agency that the sus­pect might be there and that he was thought to be plan­ning a bomb­ing at­tack. When po­lice knocked down the door, how­ever, no one was in­side.

22-YEAR-OLD SUS­PECT

Sax­ony po­lice put out an alert, iden­ti­fy­ing the sus­pect as 22-year-old Jaber Al­bakr from the Da­m­as­cus area, and urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion on his where­abouts to con­tact au­thor­i­ties. They re­leased a photo of a dark-haired man wear­ing a hooded sweat­shirt and said he was last seen wear­ing sim­i­lar clothes.

“We have to as­sume that he is dan­ger­ous,” Bern­hardt said.

Two peo­ple who had “con­tacts” with Al­bakr were taken into cus­tody near the Chem­nitz train station and a third was found down­town, Bern­hardt said, adding they were be­ing ques­tioned with the hope that they might help au­thor­i­ties find Al­bakr.

Au­thor­i­ties have not said where or when they think the suspected at­tack was go­ing to take place.

AP

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