Picture: Arno Burgi. Credit: EPA

BERLIN: Hundreds of police including specialist commandos combed a residential area of the eastern German city of Chemnitz on Saturday for a man suspected of planning a bomb attack, after failing to find him in a raid on an apartment.

The deployment followed a tip-off from the domestic intelligence service, though the “where, when, how and why” of the planned attack remained unclear, said Tom Bernhardt, spokesperson for the Saxony state criminal investigation office.

Police found traces of explosives in the apartment in the Fritz-Heckert neighborhood, Bernhardt said. They asked local residents to remain indoors.

Bernhardt said it was unclear how many suspects were involved or what the motive of the planned attack was.”The cordoned-off area is so wide that we can almost rule out a threat to the local population,” he said.