World

German police arrest IS bomb suspect — with help of Syrians who tied him up

La policía alemana está en alerta y mantiene operativos de vigilancia el domingo en aeropuertos y estaciones de tren para capturar a Jaber Albakr, un sirio de 22 años que es sospechoso de preparar un atentado terrorista.

A Syrian man, Jaber al-Bakr, 22, who is suspected of plotting an Islamic State bomb attack, was arrested Monday by German police with the help of three of his countrymen. Al-Bakr was detained by three fellow Syrians in Leipzig, Germany, after a two-day manhunt across Germany. The Syrians had earlier been approached by al-Bakr at Leipzig railway station and asked for shelter. They took him home, only to find out in a police alert that he was the bomb plot suspect on the run. After tying him up, one of the Syrian men went to police with a photo of al-Bakr on his mobile phone and told officers that his flatmates had overpowered him.

He tried to bribe us, but we told him he could give us as much money as he wanted, we wouldn't free him.

One of three men who restrained the suspect

Albakr had narrowly slipped through the police net Saturday when commandos raided his apartment and found 1.5 kilos of TATP, the homemade explosive used by jihadists in the Paris and Brussels attacks last year. The explosives were "almost ready, or even ready for usage," said a police investigator. The suspect was apparently preparing a "bomb, possibly in the form of a suicide vest," the investigator said.

I couldn't accept something like this — especially here in Germany, the country that opened its doors to us.

Syrian man who captured Albakr
Summarized by
Germany has been on edge since the IS claimed two attacks in July: an axe rampage on a train that injured five people and a suicide bombing in Ansbach in which 15 people were hurt.