Saturday, October 08, 2016

German police hunt Syrian refugee for 'planning bomb attack'

 German police hunt Syrian for 'planning bomb attack'
German police are hunting a 22-year-old Syrian who they suspect was planning to carry out a bomb attack in the country. Police in the eastern town of Chemnitz in Saxony issued a search warrant on Saturday for Jaber Albakr, who they said was born in Syria in January 1994 and was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. Police said the man was "suspected of preparing a bomb attack." Residents in the town have been told to stay in their homes during the operation which followed a tip-off from domestic intelligence. An explosion has been heard in the town. "We are carrying out in Chemnitz a large-scale operation due to suspicions that a bomb attack was being prepared," police said on Twitter, urging residents to stay at home. "The explosion heard in the area was a police entry measure. The wanted person has not been found," police added. Germany has been on edge after suffering two attacks claimed by IS in July -- an axe rampage on a train in Wuerzburg that injured five and a suicide bombing in Ansbach that left 15 wounded. A police spokesman told AFP the operation was launched in response to information provided by domestic intelligence. The attacks in July rattled Germans' sense of security and fuelled concerns over the country's record influx of migrants and refugees last year. German police said previously they had identified 523 people who posed a security threat to the country, around half of whom were known to be currently in Germany.

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