3 Syr­i­ans aid po­lice in al­leged bomb plot suspect cap­ture

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

BER­LIN >> A Syr­ian man wanted for al­legedly pre­par­ing a bomb­ing at­tack was ap­pre­hended by three of his coun­try­men, who over­pow­ered him, tied him up in their apart­ment, and then alerted po­lice, au­thor­i­ties said Mon­day.

The overnight ar­rest of Jaber Al­bakr ended a nearly two-day na­tion­wide search for the 22-year-old that Ger­man au­thor­i­ties launched af­ter find­ing sev­eral pounds of ex­plo­sives and com­po­nents hid­den in­side an apart­ment in the east­ern city of Chem­nitz on Satur­day.

Al­bakr ar­rived in Ger­many amid a flood of 890,000 asy­lum seek­ers last year. Sax­ony crim­i­nal po­lice chief Jo­erg Michaelis said that the three who captured him rec­og­nized the suspect from wanted posters on­line.

Af­ter tak­ing him to their apart­ment late Sun­day, two of the Syr­i­ans bound Al­bakr while the third brought a mo­bile phone photo of Al­bakr to a lo­cal po­lice sta­tion, lead­ing to the ar­rest Mon­day, Michaelis said.

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