IS sus­pect planned to bomb Berlin air­port

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SYR­IAN refugee ar­rested in Ger­many after be­ing tied up by three com­pa­tri­ots was plot­ting to bomb a Berlin air­port in the name of the Is­lamic State group, the head of Ger­man do­mes­tic in­tel­li­gence said.

“He ini­tially wanted to tar­get trains in Ger­many be­fore fi­nally de­cid­ing on one of Berlin’s air­ports,” Hans-Ge­org Maassen told Ger­man pub­lic TV chan­nel ARD.

While some Ger­man media out­lets over the week­end sug­gested the sus­pect, Jaber Al­bakr, 22, had such a tar­get in mind, this was the first of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion.

The de­ci­sion to ar­rest the sus­pect was taken on Oc­to­ber 7 after he bought hot-melt glue.

“We thought this was the last chem­i­cal prod­uct he needed to make a bomb,” said Mr Maassen.

Mr Al­bakr had nar­rowly slipped through the po­lice net on Oc­to­ber 8 when com­man­dos raided his apart­ment and found 1.5 kilo­grams of TATP, the ex­plo­sive used by ji­hadists in the Paris and Brus­sels at­tacks.

The ex­plo­sives were “al­most ready, or even ready for use”, said Jo­erg Michaelis, chief in­ves­ti­ga­tor in Sax­ony, adding that the sus­pect was ap­par­ently pre­par­ing a “bomb, pos­si­bly in the form of a sui­cide vest”.

After a two-day man­hunt, po­lice fi­nally got their man with the help of three of Al­bakr’s fel­low Syr­i­ans in the eastern city of Leipzig.

One of them walked into a po­lice sta­tion with a photo of Mr Al­bakr on his mo­bile phone and told of­fi­cers that “his flat­mates had over­pow­ered Al­bakr and tied him up, and that we should come to his apart­ment”, Mr Michaelis said.

The Syr­i­ans had been ap­proached by Mr Al­bakr at Leipzig rail­way sta­tion and asked for shel­ter. –

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