attack averted

Bomb Suspect May Have IS Ties

Schwer bewaffnete Polizisten sind am 09.10.2016 im Yorckgebiet in Chemnitz (Sachsen) vor Ort. Auf der Suche nach dem Terrorverdächtigen Dschaber al-Bakr hat die Polizei eine weitere Wohnung in Chemnitz mit Spezialeinsatzkräften durchsucht. Es war eine von mehreren Kontaktadressen des 22-Jährigen, die derzeit nach und nach überprüft werden. Recrop Foto: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
Mr. Al-Bakr managed to escape arrest during a police operation in the eastern city of Chemnitz.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Reports that a refugee had planned an attack are likely to fuel divisions over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door policy for people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

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    • Police carried out raids at an apartment in Chemnitz and caught the man they suspect of planning a bomb attack.
    • Heightened security measures are in place at airports and train stations.
    • The refugee crisis has divided Europe as the 28-nation bloc has failed to agree on how to allocate asylum-seekers. Last year, Germany accepted 1.1 million people.
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Police have arrested a man suspected of planning an attack who they believe has ties to IS and may have an accomplice.

Jabr Al Bakr had carried out research in the internet into making bombs and on Monday, Tagesspiegel newspaper reported that he had planned to blow up an airport in Berlin, citing security sources.

On Sunday, the police released two of three people they had detained after further raids but continue to question the third, named as Kalil A. He was arrested in Chemnitz, is 33 years old and also a refugee.

The arrest of Jabr Al Bakr followed a two-day man-hunt. Saxony state police announced Monday that they had finally captured the suspect on Sunday night in the East German town of Leipzig. “We are tired but overjoyed: the terror suspect Al Bakr was captured last night in Leipzig,” Saxony police said on Twitter. Mr. Al Bakr escaped police after a raid on his home near Chemnitz in which explosive materials – reportedly acetone peroxide – were found on Saturday. Police found several hundred grams of explosives, acting on information from the domestic intelligence service. On Sunday police carried out further raids in the town in eastern German near the Czech border. But they were criticized for failing to catch the man, age 22, whom they had reportedly been observing for several days and who narrowly escaped arrest. Police had seen him at the door of the apartment block before he slipped through their grasp, Reuters reported. The state criminal investigation office defended the police and on Monday praised the security forces for their work.


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