German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere
THREE Daesh suspects arrested in Germany on Tuesday (September 13) had a “link” to the Paris jihadist attackers, German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere has told reporters, adding that they may have been a “sleeper cell”.
The three detained men were all Syrian nationals and apparently used the same migrant trafficking network to travel from Syria into Europe. They also had fake Syrian passports that were made in the “same workshop” as those of the Daesh attackers in the French capital, he said.
The three suspects - aged 17, 18 and 26 - were detained after a series of pre-dawn raids in the states of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony on September 13.
The trio are believed to have travelled through Turkey and Greece on false passports before their arrival in Germany.
Police are reported to have seized “extensive material”.