German authorities have captured the Jaber Albakr, a Syrian refugee, after police raided his apartment on Saturday and discovered a huge bomb making factory. Officials said Albakr planned attacks similar to those in Paris and Brussels and that the Islamic State (ISIS) inspired him:
“According to what we know, the preparations in Chemnitz are similar to the preparations for the attacks in Paris and Brussels,” Thomas de Maiziere said in a statement.
Joerg Michaelis, president of the Saxony state criminal investigation office, separately told a news conference that the 22-year-old refugee was most likely inspired by Islamic State.
“The behavior of the suspect speaks for an IS (Islamic State) context,” he said.
Two Syrians took him in, but immediately “tied him up when they realised that he was a wanted man.” One stayed to watch over him while the other went to the police station.
????NEWS: Tired but overjoyed: we captured the terror suspect last night in Leipzig❗️
— Polizei Sachsen (@PolizeiSachsen) October 10, 2016
Albakr came to Germany illegally last February from Damascus. Authorities stopped him, but he registered with the police and asked for asylum two weeks later. The government upheld his asylum claim “four months later.”
But German intelligence agents started watching Albakr after he searched “for information on bombmaking followed by the purchase last week of chemicals used to make explosives.” The authorities in Saxony, where Chemnitz is located, conducted the…