October 10: A Syrian refugee suspected of planning a bomb attack was detained by the German Police after a massive manhunt that lasted nearly two days.
Both al-Bakr and "Kalil A" arrived in Germany last year seeking asylum and were granted refugee status for three years, Soraya says, citing German officials.
Jaber Albakr, 22, vanished Saturday morning as police moved in on an apartment in Chemnitz, where they found "several hundred grams of highly explosive materials", NBC News reported. He asked the man whether he could stay at his home for the night.
German media have reported that Albakr is believed to be connected to Islamic extremist groups, but Saxony police have not commented on his possible motive or the bomb plot's target.
German authorities have urged the public not to equate refugees with "terrorists", but have acknowledged that more terrorists may have entered the country among the asylum seekers who arrived previous year.
"According to what we know, the preparations in Chemnitz are similar to the preparations for the attacks in Paris and Brussels", de Maiziere was quoted as saying by Reuters. Albakr was reportedly arrested after being found tied up at the good Samaritan's apartment.
"The most important message is that the terror suspect has been arrested", said Saxony state's interior minister Markus Ulbig at the press conference, adding that the arrest of the suspect and the fact that a bomb attack had been prevented represented a "great success".
Merkel expressed her thanks to the Syrian refugee who led police to the suspect.
Earlier in the day, Saxon state police confirmed via Facebook that Syrians living in Leipzig had told them that they had apprehended the suspect in an apartment north of the city center.
Al-Bakr had managed to escape arrest on Saturday despite being seen by armed police commandos who fired a warning shot during their dawn raid on his apartment. Police were clued into Bakr's location by other Syrian refugees.
German police and crime scene investigators exit an apartment complex where suspect Jaber Albakr was arrested in Leipzig.
The police also discovered 1.5 kg of extremely risky explosives in a flat in Chemnitz in Leipzig in what appears to be al-bakr's apartment.
But he narrowly evaded police, local media said.
Albakr had entered Germany on February 18, 2015, and two weeks later filed a request for asylum, which was granted in June that year. "The behaviour of the suspect speaks for an IS context", he said.
He was caught after fellow Syrian refugees recognized him, held him at an apartment in Leipzig and notified police, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports.
The explosives were destroyed Saturday in a controlled detonation by bomb squad experts.
The raid came after Saxony police were given a tip from Germany's domestic intelligence service that Albakr may be planning an attack.