Syrian Terror Suspect Asks Syrian for Shelter, Gets Tied Up

Police arrest suspect after 2-day manhunt
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2016 12:50 PM CDT
Syrian Terror Suspect Asks Syrian for Shelter, Gets Tied Up
Special police forces secure the perimeter of the district court in Dresden, eastern Germany, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, after the 22-year-old Jaber Albakr was arrested in the eastern city of Leipzig.   (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

German police searched for a Syrian terror suspect for almost two days—and found him Sunday night tied up in another Syrian national's apartment. Jaber Albakr, 22, came to Germany last year as an asylum seeker. After German officials got a tip from the country's intelligence service, they zeroed in on his apartment in Chemnitz Saturday morning. Albakr escaped, but authorities found several hundred grams of explosives and started a manhunt, NBC News reports. Albakr reportedly approached another Syrian national at a train station Sunday night and asked to stay overnight at the man's home. But the man recognized Albakr from news of the manhunt and called police, who found the suspect tied up at the man's apartment and arrested him.

The Good Samaritan told police that he, with the help of two flatmates, "overpowered Albakr and tied him up," an investigator says, per the Local. Indeed, one of the flatmates was reportedly kneeling on Albakr to keep him on the ground when police arrived. No less than Chancellor Angela Merkel thanked the men who caught Albakr via her spokesperson. Investigators say they found the same homemade explosives that were used in the Paris and Brussels attacks last year in Albakr's apartment, and that they were "almost ready, or even ready for usage." He is accused of working with ISIS, and his own flatmate, another Syrian refugee, was also arrested as a suspected co-conspirator. Police are also questioning a third man. (More ISIS stories.)

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