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New raid in Germany bomb suspect hunt in Chemnitz

Police secure a residential area in Chemnitz, 9 October. Image copyright AFP
Image caption The manhunt for the Syrian-born suspect continues for a second day

German police in the eastern city of Chemnitz have used stun grenades to enter a flat as they search for a man allegedly planning a bomb attack.

A man said to be linked to the suspect, Jaber al-Bakr, was detained. The 22-year-old Syria-born remains on the run.

Three other alleged associates were arrested on Saturday.

A raid on an apartment on Saturday uncovered several hundred grams of "highly volatile" explosives, later destroyed in a controlled explosion.

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Image caption A robot capable of disarming bombs has been deployed at Chemnitz railway station

Saxony police have released pictures of Damascus-born Mr Bakr wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt with a colourful print.

They have not provided any information about how long he had been in Germany.

They have urged anyone with information about him to come forward.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity has waned since her decision to open the borders to refugees and migrants last year, admitting more than a million people, many of them Syrian.

In July, an axe attack on a train near Wuerzburg and a suicide bombing in Ansbach wounded 20 people and were claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS).

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