A 22-year-old Syrian man arrested over a suspected Islamic extremist bomb plot has killed himself in a prison cell in Leipzig, according to Saxony's state justice ministry
Justice ministry spokesman Joerg Herold said that Jaber Albakr killed himself sometime in the evening, but that the incident was still being investigated.
Albakr, who had been granted asylum after coming to Germany last year, was arrested on Monday in the city of Leipzig after three fellow Syrians tied him up and alerted police.
The development adds to pressure on Saxony state authorities, who already had been criticised for allowing Albakr to slip through their fingers as they prepared to raid an apartment where he had been staying in the city of Chemnitz on Saturday.
Albakr, who had been under surveillance by German domestic intelligence since last month, was observed exiting the apartment building and authorities fired a warning shot. He was able to elude police on the scene and flee the city.
Inside the apartment they found highly volatile explosives and a home-made bomb vest.
Earlier on Wednesday, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Albakr had undergone a security check last year, but it did not turn up anything suspicious.