Family of alleged ISIS bomb plotter sues Germany after apparent suicide

The detention center in Leipzig where officials said Albakr killed himself.

The detention center in Leipzig where officials said Albakr killed himself.  (REUTERS)

The family of an alleged ISIS bomb plotter who authorities said killed himself after his arrest in Germany is suing the government because suicide is “forbidden in Islam” and family members believe police killed him.

Jaber Albakr, 22, who arrived in Germany amid a flood of 890,000 asylum seekers from Syria last year, was arrested on Oct. 10 in a raid that uncovered about 3.5 pounds of explosives. Two days later, according to the state-run news, he was found hanged in a cell at Leipzig prison.


"I’m really sure the police killed him,” Albakr's brother, Alaa, told a local paper. He also told Reuters his brother was “brainwashed” by imams in Berlin.

He insisted that his brother had no violent intentions and that he never would have committed suicide because that is forbidden by Islam.

"He sounded like he was excited about life and like he was ready to resume his life in Germany," he said of the last time he spoke to his younger brother.

Shortly after Jaber’s death, his brother posted a video in an Arabic language calling for revenge, the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported. “I don’t want anything further,” he was quoted as saying. “I will come as a refugee.”

According to German weekly Welt am Sonntag, the plot was foiled in part thanks to a tip from an American intelligence agency, which had intercepted calls that Albakr made to an ISIS contact in which the target of the attack was discussed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.