Posted: 11 October, 2016
International Police Foil Terror Plot
German police have arrested a Syrian man suspected of plotting a jihadist bomb attack, after a massive manhunt lasting almost two days.
Security had been stepped up at airports and train stations after Jaber Albakr, 22, went on the run when police raided his apartment and found several hundred grams of "an explosive substance more dangerous than TNT".
"We've succeeded, really overjoyed: the terror suspect Albakr was arrested overnight in Leipzig," police said on Twitter yesterday.
Police had said that "even a small quantity" of the explosives "could have caused enormous damage".
Local media reported the material was TATP, the homemade explosive that was used by jihadists in the Paris and Brussels attacks.
Albakr was believed to have had internet contact with Isis (Islamic State), Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported.
He was arrested Leipzig by German police.