Syrian refugee detained over Germany terror plot

Oct 10, 2016, 4:11 AM EDT
(Source: Sebastian Müller/flickr)
(Source: Sebastian Müller/flickr)

German police said that they have arrested a 22-year-old Syrian refugee, who was allegedly planning an Islamist-motivated attack in the country. Jaber Albakr managed to escape two days ago when police carried out a raid on an apartment in the eastern city of Chemnitz on Saturday. The investigators seized several grams of “highly volatile” explosives from the apartment, which are reportedly similar to the ones used in the Paris and Brussels attacks.  

Reports emerged that Damascus-born Albakr was plotting an attack on an airport in Berlin, writes the BBC. Saxony police released images of the suspect but stopped short of providing any details of his motives. Albakr migrated to Germany last year and was officially recognized as a refugee. Two of Albakr’s associates were earlier detained at Chemnitz railway and near a flat in the Fritz-Heckert neighborhood.

The development is likely to add more pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose open-door policy for refugees has already been opposed by many in the country, reports Reuters. Merkel’s conservatives have seen significant erosion in their popularity, with the far-right Alternative for Germany (Af.D.) party emerging as a major beneficiary of anti-immigrant sentiments.