The 22-year-old Syrian man arrested in Germany for a suspected Islamic extremist bomb plot, was arrested with the assistance of a Syrian refugee who managed to tie up the would-be killer and tip off the police, according to a report by the Spiegel Online.
Jaber Albakr, who killed himself Wednesday in a prison cell in Leipzig, approached Mohammad A. at a train station in Leipzig Sunday night and explained that he needed a place to stay overnight as he was unable to return to his own apartment in Chemnitz.
According to Mohammad A., he only discovered that he had agreed to inadvertently harbor the terrorist upon viewing a police announcement on Facebook when he returned home.
Mohammad A. immediately reported the matter to his friends who then made their way to his apartment. When Albakr realized that Mohammad A. had discovered his identity, he attempted to bribe them into remaining silent by offering them 1,200 Euros in his possession. "But we told him: 'You can give us as much money as you want, but we're not letting you go,'" said Mohammad A.
After calling the police but failing to establish contact due to technical difficulties, the group tied Albakr up using telephone cables, took a photo of him and drove to the police station to report the matter directly.
"I am so thankful to Germany for taking us in," Mohammad A. told the tabloid Bild as reported in the Spiegel Online. "I couldn't allow him to do anything to the Germans."
The heroic actions prompted gratitude from Chancellor Angela Merkel. Moreover, Saxony Governor Stanislaw Tillich praised their "courageous and responsible" actions.