Police Arrest Algerian Man Who Threatened to Blow Up Bremen Shopping Mall

German police have detained the Algerian man who had escaped from a psychiatric facility in Lower Saxony and was threatening to blow up a shopping mall, N-TV reports.

Special forces police officers stand guard at an entrance of the main train station, following a shooting rampage at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany July 22, 2016 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The man was arrested at the main station in Bremen late on Wednesday, police said as cited by N-TV. He was reportedly intending to catch a train to the town of Syke, located south of Bremen.

The shopping mall in the German northwestern city of Bremen was evacuated on Wednesday after the 19-year-old entered it with a large backpack and yelled "I’ll blow you up." No explosives were found at the mall, according to police.

Police said that the Algerian man had made statements sympathizing with the Munich gunman and extremists of the Islamic State (ISIL, also known as Daesh) terrorist group, banned in a range of states. The comments were reportedly made while the man was in custody last weekend for multiple thefts.

However, police said that they did not have any evidence proving that the man had ties to Daesh.

The man was put into psychiatric care at a facility in Diepholz, Lower Saxony, after he tried to hurt himself. Police were informed of his disappearance from the psychiatric hospital on Wednesday morning.

A wave of attacks has occurred in southern Germany in the past several days. On Sunday, an asylum-seeker from Syria blew himself up near an open-air music festival in Ansbach, a city in the state of Bavaria. He was earlier allegedly denied asylum application. The same day, another Syrian refugee killed a female colleague with a machete in the city of Reutlingen, near Stuttgart.

These attacks happened in the same week as the July 22 Munich mall shooting carried out by a German of Iranian origin, which left 9 killed, as well as a regional train axe attack carried out by an Afghan refugee, which injured 5.

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