A German town is in lockdown as armed police are hunting for a Muslim terrorist who planned a bomb attack on an airport.

The terrorist has been named locally as Jabir A – a Syrian who was under surveillance by the Federal Office for Constitutional Protection in Cologne.

He is suspected of plotting a bomb attack on a German airport.

It is understood the terrorist entered Germany last year with refugees from Syria.

Residents have been ordered to remain indoors as large-scale closures and evacuations take place in the town and the suspect remains at large.

Officers are surrounding a home in Chemnitz and the force tweeted: ‘At the moment we have a static threat situation in the Fritz-Heckert area in Chemnitz, C0810 and with strong forces on the ground.’

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The police force, Polizei Sachsen, said they are currently involved in a large-scale operation in Chemnitz on suspicion of someone preparing a bomb attack.

It has been reported a controlled explosion was carried out at the flat.

They said the suspect had not been found and that major closures and evacuations would be necessary.

The force added:  ‘Please stay within the enclosed area in your homes and observe the instructions of the police here and in the field.’

Video footage shows an enormous police presence with officers directing traffic away from the scene.

Tom Bernhardt, spokesman for the state criminal police in Saxony, said officers had acted on intelligence it received last night and that their actions foiled a ‘serious threat’.

Armed officers forced their way into a flat in the raid, causing a loud bang.Tom Bernhardt, spokesman for the state criminal police in Saxony,

Armed officers forced their way into a flat in the raid, causing a loud bang.Video footage obtained by MailOnline shows an enormous police presence with

Officials earlier said it would not speculate on claims they were dealing with a hostage situation.

They said: ‘Please help the emergency services by avoiding the area.’

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Officials have yet to confirm the full details of the operation, but a local German journalist has tweeted to say the area is likely to be evacuated for what he called an ‘explosive danger’.

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