- Title: German police detonate explosives found during Chemnitz manhunt
- Date: 8th October 2016
- Summary: CHEMNITZ, GERMANY (OCTOBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AMBULANCE ARRIVING AT SCENE POLICE VAN PARKED IN FRONT OF APARTMENT BLOCK SIGN ADVERTISING FLATS TO RENT POLICE VAN RESIDENT TALKING TO POLICEMAN VARIOUS OF POLICEMEN AT SCENE BUS ARRIVING FOR EVACUATED RESIDENTS VARIOUS OF POLICE AT SCENE (SOUNDBITE) (German) SAXONY STATE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OFFICE SPOKESPERSON, TOM BERNHARDT, SAYING: "We don't have concrete clues as to when and where an assassination or a bomb attack could happen, we also don't know if the hunted suspect still has something with him, maybe he doesn't have anything anymore and we found everything at the apartment, therefore we would like the public to be careful and as cooperative a they have been with the police over the entire day." AMBULANCE DRIVING BY BERNHARDT TALKING TO JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (German) SAXONY STATE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OFFICE SPOKESPERSON, TOM BERNHARDT, SAYING: "Up-to date situation in Chemnitz: I think you could clearly notice it, we had an explosion, luckily a controlled detonation. Colleagues succeeded in disposing of the explosives. Neither the colleagues nor the surroundings were damaged, you were live witnesses of the blast wave. We from the police side are glad that our colleagues came out safe, therefore the disposal of the explosives is solved for now." CAMERAS (SOUNDBITE) (German) SAXONY STATE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OFFICE SPOKESPERSON, TOM BERNHARDT, SAYING: "This doesn't mean that our police measures are over now. Of course there will still be some cordoned-off areas, the evacuation is still going on for a while, only when all measures have been taken and we can totally rule out a risk for the public, we can go back to daily routine." BERNHARDT TALKING TO JOURNALISTS
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2016 19:45
- Keywords: Chemnitz manhunt Syrian man bomb attack explosives
- Location: CHEMNITZ, GERMANY
- City: CHEMNITZ, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice
- Reuters ID: LVA0015359L53
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- Story Text: German police hunting for a Syrian-born man suspected of planning a bomb attack detonated explosives they found in an apartment they raided while looking for him on Saturday (October 8), officials said.
"Colleagues succeeded in disposing of the explosives," Saxony state criminal investigation office spokesperson Tom Bernhardt told reporters in the evacuated area of Chemnitz.
Police appealed to the public to call them with any information on Jaber Albakr, 22, who was last seen in the eastern city of Chemnitz wearing a black hooded top with a bright pattern on the front.
Police detained three people in Chemnitz who they said were known to Albakr, but he remained at large.
Bernhardt said police did not immediately find the several hundred grammes of explosives when searching the apartment as they were well hidden.
Hundreds of police including specialist commandos combed a residential area in Chemnitz looking for Albakr.
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