Syrian terror suspect commits suicide in German cell

Oct 12, 2016
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The suspect

The suspect

A Syrian migrant suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport has committed suicide in his prison cell in Leipzig, Germany.

The website of Der Spiegel said Jaber al-Bakr had been on hunger strike and was under round-the-clock surveillance.

He had been turned in to police on Monday by three Syrian refugees after being on the run for two days.

German police had been watching him for months, but failed to arrest him when they raided his flat on Saturday.

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Al-Bakr, 22, had been granted asylum after coming to Germany last year.

German intelligence received reports last week that he might be planning an attack, and they alerted police in the eastern state of Saxony.

Authorities discovered last Thursday that the suspect had used the internet to get bomb-making instructions and had obtained explosives.

When police raided the flat in the eastern city of Chemnitz, they found 1.5kg of TATP, a home-made explosive used in the deadly jihadist attacks in Paris last year and in Brussels last March. The explosives were “extremely dangerous”, police said.

But al-Bakr managed to slip the net, and made his way to the city of Leipzig where he asked the Syrians for help.

The three told police they had heard about the manhunt and tied him up while one of them knelt on him.

They warned police who finally managed to arrest him.

The authorities believe al-Bakr had links to the group that calls itself Islamic State.

-BBC

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