Ger­man po­lice ar­rest Syr­ian bomb plot sus­pect

The Myanmar Times - - World -

GER­MAN po­lice yes­ter­day ar­rested a man sus­pected of plot­ting a ji­hadist bomb at­tack, after a mas­sive man­hunt last­ing al­most two days.

Se­cu­rity had been stepped up at air­ports and sta­tions after Jaber Al­bakr, a Syr­ian, went on the run on Oc­to­ber 8, when po­lice raided his apart­ment and found sev­eral hun­dred grams of “an ex­plo­sive sub­stance more dan­ger­ous than TNT”.

“We’ve suc­ceeded, re­ally over­joyed: the ter­ror sus­pect Al­bakr was ar­rested overnight in Leipzig,” po­lice said on Twit­ter.

Po­lice pre­vi­ously said that “even a small quan­tity” of the ex­plo­sives “could have caused enor­mous dam­age”.

Lo­cal me­dia re­ported that the ma­te­rial was TATP, the home­made ex­plo­sive that was used by ji­hadists in the Paris and Brus­sels at­tacks.

Mr Al­bakr, 22, was be­lieved to have had in­ter­net con­tact with the Is­lamic State group, Sued­deutsche Zeitung re­ported.

Ac­cord­ing to se­cu­rity sources quoted, he had built “a vir­tual bomb­mak­ing lab” in the flat in a com­mu­nis­tera hous­ing block and was thought to have planned an at­tack against ei­ther one of Ber­lin’s two air­ports or a trans­port hub in his home state of Sax­ony.

Act­ing on a tip-off from the do­mes­tic in­tel­li­gence agency, po­lice com­man­dos had sought to swoop on the Syr­ian at his apart­ment build­ing in the eastern city of Chem­nitz, about 85 kilo­me­tres (53 miles) from Leipzig.

He was fi­nally caught early yes­ter­day after po­lice learnt that he had sought help from two Syr­i­ans in Leipzig, Spiegel On­line re­ported.

Al­bakr’s Syr­ian flat­mate has been re­manded as a sus­pected co-con­spir­a­tor of a “se­ri­ous act of vi­o­lence” while two other of his as­so­ciates, who had been de­tained ear­lier, have been re­leased. –

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