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3 fellow Syrians capture Germany bomb suspect

Posted at 8:52 AM, Oct 10, 2016

BERLIN (AP) — German officials say one of the three Syrians who captured a man suspected of plotting a bomb attack went to a local police station with a photograph of the suspect in captivity and urged authorities to arrest him.

Saxony criminal police chief Joerg Michaelis said Monday the man went to the Leipzig station with the picture as evidence of 22-year-old Jaber Albakr's capture just before midnight Sunday. Police rushed to the apartment where Albakr was being held and arrested him early Monday morning.

Albakr, who had been granted asylum in Germany, escaped authorities on Saturday when they raided an apartment in Chemnitz where they found "several hundred grams" of a volatile explosive.

Saxony's top security official, Interior Minister Markus Ulbig, says authorities are trying to if there was a target.