German Police in Massive Man-Hunt For a Syrian Man Suspected of Planning a Bomb Attack

BERLIN — Hundreds of German police including specialist commandos combed a residential area of the eastern city of Chemnitz on Saturday for a man suspected of planning a bomb attack, after failing to find him in a raid on an apartment.

The deployment followed a tip-off from the domestic intelligence service, though the “where, when, how and why” of the planned attack remained unclear, said Tom Bernhardt, spokesman for the Saxony state criminal investigation office.

During the raid on the apartment in the Fritz-Heckert neighborhood, the commandos set off an explosion. Police asked local residents to remain inside.

“The cordoned-off area is so wide that we can almost rule out a threat to the local population,” Bernhardt said.

Bernhardt said it was unclear if one or several suspects were involved. He could not say whether the motivation for the planned attack was far-right or Islamist, nor whether police found explosives in the apartment raided.

Germany had until the summer been spared the kind of militant attacks suffered by neighboring France and Belgium.

But in late July, Islamic State claimed two attacks – on a train near Wuerzburg and at a music festival in Ansbach – in which asylum-seekers wounded 20 people in total.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Paul Carrel; editing by Mark Heinrich and John Stonestreet)

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BREAKING NEWS: German town on lockdown as armed police hunt man suspected of planning a bomb attack

  • Heavily-armed officers are surrounding a home in the town of Chemnitz 
  • Officers are dealing with a suspected bomb attack plot, police have said
  • Polizei Sachsen’s force scaled a block of flats and have set up barricades 
  • Saxony police said officers acted on some intelligence received last night
  • A manhunt is underway for a 22-year-old Syrian national Jaber Albakr 
  • Albakr is suspected of plotting a bomb attack on an airport in Germany
  • He was under police surveillance and left Syria last year, reports have said

A German town is in lockdown as armed police are hunting for a man suspected of planning a bomb attack on an airport.

The suspect has been named as Jaber Albakr – a Syrian who was under surveillance by the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection in Cologne, say reports.

He is a 22-year-old who was born in Damascus.

He is suspected of plotting a bomb attack on a German airport, according to Online Focus.

It is understood the suspect entered Germany last year with refugees from Syria.

Residents have been ordered to remain indoors as large-scale closures and evacuations take place in the town and the suspect remains at large.

The suspect has been named as Jaber Alkbar - a Syrian who was under surveillance by the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection in Cologne, say reports

The suspect has been named as Jaber Alkbar – a Syrian who was under surveillance by the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection in Cologne, say reports

Officers are surrounding a home in Chemnitz and the force tweeted: 'At the moment we have a static threat situation in the Fritz-Heckert area in Chemnitz, C0810 and with strong forces on the ground.'

Officers are surrounding a home in Chemnitz and the force tweeted: ‘At the moment we have a static threat situation in the Fritz-Heckert area in Chemnitz, C0810 and with strong forces on the ground.’

Police officers in Chemnitz, Germany, 8 October 2016. A large-scale police operation is underway in response to a possible bomb attack in an area of Chemnitz

Police officers in Chemnitz, Germany, 8 October 2016. A large-scale police operation is underway in response to a possible bomb attack in an area of Chemnitz

The police force, Polizei Sachsen, said they are currently involved in a large-scale operation in Chemnitzon suspicion of someone preparing a bomb attack

The police force, Polizei Sachsen, said they are currently involved in a large-scale operation in Chemnitzon suspicion of someone preparing a bomb attack

Residents have been ordered to remain indoors as an officer guards the door of the flats

Residents have been ordered to remain indoors as an officer guards the door of the flats

Officials have yet to confirm the full details of the operation, but a local German journalist has tweeted to say the area is likely to be evacuated for what he called an 'explosive danger'

Officials have yet to confirm the full details of the operation, but a local German journalist has tweeted to say the area is likely to be evacuated for what he called an ‘explosive danger’

Officers are surrounding a home in Chemnitz and the force tweeted: ‘At the moment we have a static threat situation in the Fritz-Heckert area in Chemnitz, C0810 and with strong forces on the ground.’

Residents have been ordered to remain indoors.

The police force, Polizei Sachsen, said they are currently involved in a large-scale operation in Chemnitzon suspicion of someone preparing a bomb attack.

It has been reported a controlled explosion was carried out at the flat.

They said the suspect had not been found and that major closures and evacuations would be necessary.

The force added:  ‘Please stay within the enclosed area in your homes and observe the instructions of the police here and in the field.’

Video footage obtained by MailOnline shows an enormous police presence with officers directing traffic away from the scene.

Police said: 'Please help the emergency services by avoiding the area.'

Police said: ‘Please help the emergency services by avoiding the area.’

Tom Bernhardt, spokesman for the state criminal police in Saxony, said officers had acted on intelligence it received last night and that their actions foiled a 'serious threat'. He added: 'We must assume that the person is dangerous.' (picture of the police statement)

Tom Bernhardt, spokesman for the state criminal police in Saxony, said officers had acted on intelligence it received last night and that their actions foiled a ‘serious threat’. He added: ‘We must assume that the person is dangerous.’ (picture of the police statement)

Tom Bernhardt, spokesman for the state criminal police in Saxony, said officers had acted on intelligence it received last night and that their actions foiled a ‘serious threat’.

He added: ‘We must assume that the person is dangerous.’

Armed officers forced their way into a flat in the raid, causing a loud bang.Tom Bernhardt, spokesman for the state criminal police in Saxony,

Armed officers forced their way into a flat in the raid, causing a loud bang.Video footage obtained by MailOnline shows an enormous police presence with

Officials earlier said it would not speculate on claims they were dealing with a hostage situation.

They said: ‘Please help the emergency services by avoiding the area.’

Officials have yet to confirm the full details of the operation, but a local German journalist has tweeted to say the area is likely to be evacuated for what he called an ‘explosive danger’.

Chemnitz, a city of more than 200,000 people, is in Germany’s east, lying to the south of Berlin and Leipzig, not far from the border with the Czech Republic.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3828333/German-town-lockdown-residents-ordered-stay-indoors-armed-police-surround-blocks-flats-amid-reports-threat.html#ixzz4MV0Jo9sH
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