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No evidence German bomb suspect had firm target

AP , Monday 10 Oct 2016
Saxony's Interior Minister Markus Ulbig of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) attends a press conference after the arrest of the Syrian man suspected of plotting a jihadist bomb attack in Dresden, eastern Germany on October 10, 2016 (Photo: AFP)
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Federal prosecutors in Germany say there is no evidence a young Syrian man arrested in an alleged bomb plot Monday had picked a target to attack.

Federal prosecutors said in a release Monday that police found some 1.5 kilograms of an "extremely dangerous explosive" and other material in the apartment where 22-year-old Jaber Albakr had been staying in Chemnitz.

They say Albakr allegedly was "planning an Islamist motivated attack with high explosives in Germany" but so far investigators have no evidence he "already had a concrete target for his bombing attack."

They say Albakr had been searching online for instructions on how to make explosives and "equipment for jihad" at least since the beginning of the month.

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