A Syrian terror suspect held in Germany over a bomb plot has killed himself in police custody.
“On the evening of October 12, 2016, Jaber Albakr, who was suspected of planning a serious attack, took his life in the detention centre at Leipzig correctional hospital,” the Justice Ministry for the state of Saxony said in a statement on its website.
Jaber Albakr reportedly killed himself in his Leipzig prison cell despite being under round-the-clock surveillance due to being at risk of suicide or hunger strike. The terror suspect should have been on suicide watch, under constant supervision, but according to news agency dpa he was found hanged in his cell.
Officers have described the cache found in his home as ‘high-grade’, indicating the device Bakr was allegedly making was not amateur.
The Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution suggested his target may have been a Berlin airport.
Officers also claimed he was in contact with Islamic State (ISIS) militants.
German media has reported further details will be given during a press conference on Thursday morning.