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Paris arrests in Germany

German police arrests in Paris attacks
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Police in the western German city of Aachen have arrested seven people, at least three of them foreign citizens, in an operation linked to the militant attacks last week in Paris that killed 129 people.

A special police unit overpowered two women and one man outside a job centre in Alsdorf on Tuesday, a small town near Aachen close to Germany’s border with Belgium and the Netherlands.

“After the terror attacks last Friday in Paris and the search for the perpetrators and the people pulling the strings, police in Aachen got a lead to suspicious individuals in Alsdorf,” a police statement said.

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A spokesman said the three were foreign citizens but declined to elaborate on their identity pending investigations.

Later on Tuesday, police arrested two more people in Alsdorf, the statement said, giving no details.

A few hours later, two more suspects were arrested in Alsdorf, bringing the total number of arrests to seven.

A manhunt is on in France and Belgium for one of the eight attackers involved in suicide bombings and shooting attacks on restaurants, a music hall and a sports stadium in Paris on Friday night.

European search efforts are focusing on Belgian-born Frenchman Salah Abdeslam, 23, who investigators say escaped back to Belgium on Saturday after the attacks.

Austria’s interior ministry said earlier he had entered the country from Germany in early September, telling authorities he was on holiday.

France and Russia both staged air strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Syria on Tuesday as Paris formally requested European Union assistance in its fight against the group responsible.

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