13 Oct 2016

Terror suspect found dead in German prison cell

11:00 am on 13 October 2016

A Syrian migrant suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport has committed suicide in his prison cell in Leipzig, Germany.

The website of Der Spiegel said Jaber al-Bakr had been on hunger strike and was under round-the-clock surveillance.

He had been turned in to police on Monday by three Syrian refugees after being on the run for two days.

Terror suspect Jaber al-Bakr was found dead in a Germany prison cell.

Terror suspect Jaber al-Bakr was found dead in a German prison cell. Photo: AFP

German police had been watching him for months, but failed to arrest him when they raided his flat on Saturday.

Mr Al-Bakr, 22, had been granted asylum after coming to Germany last year.

German intelligence apparently had received reports last week that he might have been planning an attack, and they alerted police in the eastern state of Saxony.

Authorities discovered last Thursday that the suspect had used the internet to get bomb-making instructions and had obtained explosives.

When police raided the flat in the eastern city of Chemnitz, they found 1.5kg of explosives.

German officials identified them as TATP, a home-made explosive used in the deadly jihadist attacks in Paris last year and in Brussels last March. The explosives were, police said, "extremely dangerous".

The authorities believe Mr Al-Bakr had links to the group that calls itself Islamic State.