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German govt demands inquiry into Syrian refugee’s suicide in cell

Jaber al-Bakr, aged 22, from Damascus strangled himself using his own shirt in a jail in Leipzig.

Picture: Free Images.

LONDON - The German government is demanding an immediate inquiry in to how a Syrian refugee suspected of planning a bomb attack killed himself in a prison cell within hours of being arrested.

His lawyer says it's a judicial scandal because the prison was aware he was a suicide risk.

Jaber al-Bakr, aged 22, from Damascus strangled himself using his own shirt in a jail in Leipzig.

He'd been detained following a massive manhunt on suspicion of plotting to bomb an airport in Berlin, possibly in the coming days.

At his home, police discovered 1.5kg of a home-made explosive, the same type used in the deadly jihadist attacks in Paris and Brussels.

Regional authorities said he had not been considered at acute risk of suicide but as investigations continue some are furious at the loss of potentially useful information in the fight against Islamic State.