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Jaber al-Bakr, Terror Suspect, Martyrs Self in German Cell

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 12:12 PM

Jaber al-Bakr, a Syrian terror suspect bent on death, reportedly martyred himself in a German jail cell, even after being put on suicide watch.

Al-Bakr, 22, was accused of planning a bomb attack at an airport, the country's justice ministry told broadcaster Deutsche Welle on Wednesday. Authorities arrested al-Bakr Monday after a two-day manhunt triggered when security forces discovered explosives at his apartment in Chemnitz.

"On the evening of Oct. 12, 2016, Jaber al-Bakr, who was suspected of planning a serious attack, took his life in the detention center at Leipzig correctional hospital," the ministry said in a statement, per Deutsche Welle.

The German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur said al-Bakr hung himself, but Deutsche Welle said it wasn't clear how the suspect killed himself even though he was under surveillance.

The BBC News said Sebastian Gemkow, justice minister in the state of Saxony, told journalists that officials made a psychological assessment of al-Bakr and that safety measures had been taken in his case.

"It shouldn't have happened, but it did," Gemkow told reporters, adding that while he took responsibility for the suicide, he would not resign.

The BBC said al-Bakr had been supervised in 15-minute intervals, but a panel of experts agreed hours before he died to change the checks to every 30 minutes. Prison governor Rolf Jacob said video monitoring of prisoners was not available at the remand cells in Saxony.

His body was found at 7:45 p.m. local time Wednesday, 15 minutes after a regular check, Jacob said, and attempts to revive him failed.

Alexander Huebner, al-Bakr's defense attorney, said his client had already been rejecting food and drink and had tampered with power sockets.

"How could this happen?" Huebner said. "He must have been the best-guarded prisoner in Germany."

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