Islamic extremist flees Germany despite ankle tag

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Posted: Oct 14, 2014 12:21 PM

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say an Islamic extremist has managed to leave the country, reportedly for Syria, despite being under limited house arrest and wearing an electronic ankle tag.

The Interior Minister for the German state of Hesse, Peter Beuth, confirmed media reports Tuesday that the man disappeared May 1.

The 24-year-old suspect, identified only as Hassan M., was fitted with the tag in December after being investigated for serious bodily harm and burglary.

Under the terms of his bail he was required to stay at home during certain hours of the day. The tag merely registered whether he was at home, not his exact location.

Public broadcaster ARD cited unidentified justice officials saying that M., an adherent of the hard-line Salafist movement, likely traveled to Syria to join a jihadist group.