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Berlin airport terror target; German intel

dpadpa 10/10/2016

Germany intelligence services believe a Syrian suspected of planning an attack had Berlin airport as a possible terror target.

Jaber al-Bakr, the 22-year-old Syrian arrested in eastern Germany on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack, was planning an attack on an airport in Berlin, according to intelligence services.

"We had clues from intelligence gathering that at first he wanted to attack trains in Germany," Hans-Georg Maassen, head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency BfV, tells state broadcaster ARD.

"In the end the plan became more concrete to attack airports in Berlin," Massen says.

The BfV received a tip at the beginning of September that the Islamic State extremist group was planning a terrorist attack on infrastructure in Germany, Massen tells the broadcaster.

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