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German city on terror alert over bomb plot suspect

Germany has been on edge after suffering two attacks claimed by the Islamic State group in July. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Berlin, Germany Oct 08, 2016, 05.19 PM (IST)

The German city of Chemnitz was in lockdown on Saturday after the police force launched a massive manhunt for a 22-year-old Syrian over a suspected bomb plot. 

Police warned people to stay indoors as they issued a search warrant for Jaber Albakr, who was "suspected of preparing a bomb attack."

Police claimed to have found "highly explosive" materials during the raid at his apartment in Chemnitz but failed to capture the suspect or find an explosive device. German police tweeted, new evacuation measures were necessary. 

"We are carrying out in Chemnitz a large-scale operation due to suspicions that a bomb attack was being prepared," police said on Twitter.

"The explosion heard in the area was a police entry measure. The wanted person has not been found," police added.

Police detained three people in Chemnitz who they said were known to Albakr, but he remained at large.

"Questioning (of the detainees) is continuing. The results are still to come," said Tom Bernhardt, spokesman for the Saxony state criminal investigation office.

Initial information gathered from the teenager's mobile phone showed that he had expressed an "unmistakeable willingness" to carry out an attack, Klaus-Stephan Becker of the Cologne police told reporters. Albakr was born in Syria in January 1994.

Germany has been on edge after suffering two attacks claimed by the Islamic State group in July -- an axe rampage on a train in Wuerzburg that injured five and a suicide bombing in Ansbach that left 15 wounded.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
 

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