Syrian Berlin terror suspect found hung in cell

Syrian Berlin terror suspect found hung in cell
A undated handout picture released by the German police of a Syrian migrant Jaber Albakr. Albakr suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport, committed suicide at a detencion centre in Leipzig, October 13, 2016. German Police Handout via REUTERS

The Justice Ministry for the German state of Saxony says the Syrian migrant suspected of planning a major bombing on Berlin’s international airport has committed suicide in a Leipzig detention center. 

  • Investigators believe Jaber Albakr, 22, was close to staging an attack comparable to those that killed 130 people in Paris last November and 32 in Belgium in March.
  • Jaber Albakr arrived in Germany in 2015.
  • Ministry statement: "On the evening of October 12, 2016, Jaber Albakr, who was suspected of planning a serious attack, took his life in the detention center at Leipzig correctional hospital.”
  • Ministry will release more details at a news conference in Dresden on Thursday at 0900 GMT.
  • Spiegel Online: Albakr had been under round-the-clock surveillance in police custody in Leipzig due to an acute risk of suicide and hunger strike.
  • “It was not yet clear how he had killed himself.”
  • German news agency DPA: “Albakr had hung himself in his cell.”
  • Albakr was arrested on Monday after two Syrians tied up the suspect in their flat in Leipzig and alerted police.
  • Manner of his arrest has raised questions about whether the police botched an attempt on Saturday to capture him, after which a two-day manhunt ensued.

(BERLIN, GERMANY) A Syrian migrant suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport has committed suicide in a detention center in Leipzig, the Justice Ministry for the state of Saxony said on Wednesday.

Investigators believe Jaber Albakr, 22, who arrived in Germany last year, was close to staging an attack comparable to those that killed 130 people in Paris last November and 32 in Belgium in March.

"On the evening of October 12, 2016, Jaber Albakr, who was suspected of planning a serious attack, took his life in the detention center at Leipzig correctional hospital," the ministry said in a statement on its website.

The ministry said it would give more details at a news conference in Dresden on Thursday at 0900 GMT.

Spiegel Online reported that Albakr had been under round-the-clock surveillance in police custody in Leipzig due to an acute risk of suicide and hunger strike. It was not yet clear how he had killed himself, Spiegel said.

German news agency DPA reported that Albakr had hung himself in his cell.

Albakr was arrested on Monday after two Syrians tied up the suspect in their flat in Leipzig and alerted police. The manner of his arrest has raised questions about whether the police botched an attempt on Saturday to capture him, after which a two-day manhunt ensued.

This article was contributed by Reuters

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