BERLIN The head of Germany's intelligence agency (BfV) said a Syrian suspect arrested on Monday was building a bomb and probably planned to attack one of the airports in Berlin.Hans-Georg Maassen told public broadcaster ARD that intelligence leads had suggested in early September that militant group Islamic State was planning an attack on Germany's transport infrastructure.Spies managed to track down and identify the suspect in the eastern state of Saxony last Thursday and started a round-the-clock observation, Maassen said."We found out that he then bought hot glue in a discount shop on the following day. And then we immediately put all measures into place to start a raid because we assumed this can basically be the last missing chemical for him to build a bomb."
Maassen told ARD that initial intelligence information pointed to an attack on trains in Germany but it later became clear that he planned to strike a Berlin airport.German authorities said earlier on Monday that the suspect was probably inspired by Islamic State and was readying an attack similar to those in Brussels and Paris.
Jaber Albakr, 22, arrived in Germany in February last year during a migrant influx into the country and was granted temporary asylum four months later. Officials said he had not previously aroused suspicion.
The suspect's background will be unwelcome news for Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose conservatives have lost support to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party over her refugee-friendly policy. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Catherine Evans)
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First Published On : Oct 11, 2016 02:15 IST