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Police in German city of Chemnitz conduct major raid after receiving intel of possible bombing attack; find explosives (UPDATED)


No suspects has been apprehended.

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UPDATE 11:15 a.m. EST: German investigators discovered "several hundred grams" of explosives in an apartment they raided on Saturday, which belongs to a Syrian man, according to the Associated Press.

Police were unable to locate that unidentified suspect, but police said they were able to detain three others for questioning related to the alleged planned bombing.

The explosives were well hidden and police said they were stable enough to be removed from the apartment. Authorities said they will likely be taken to another location to be destroyed.


German police in the eastern city of Chemnitz carried out a raid on an apartment building Saturday after receiving intelligence that someone may be planning an attack with explosives.

Police in Saxony confirmed the news over Twitter:

Police have not specified any details of the threat, but have urged residents in the vicinity of the raid to stay indoors.

A police spokeswoman with the Saxony police, Kathlen Zink, told CNN that authorities in the area had carried out a "controlled explosion," though not specifying what for.

Further information wasn't immediately available and police didn't have any details on who was suspected to be behind the possible plot.

According to RT.com, the eastern German state has been a target in recent months. Less than two weeks ago, two suspected IED's were detonated in the city of Dresden, one targeting a mosque and another targeting an international conference center.

In addition, RT.com reports that law enforcement in Saxony has carried out several raids in recent months searching for suspected Islamic terrorists.

Chemnitz is a city located in eastern Germany, not far from the border with the Czech-Republic. It is the third-largest city in Saxony with nearly a quarter million residents.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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