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Germany: 3 arrested in raids seeking Islamic extremists

  • German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere  delivers a statement in Berlin, Tuesday Sept. 13, 2016.  Germany’s interior minister says three Syrian men believed to have been sent to Germany by the Islamic State group appear to have used the same smugglers and received passports from the same workshop as some of those involved in the Paris attacks. The three men were arrested in northern Germany on Tuesday. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said they had been under observation for months and there were no indications of any concrete plans for an attack.  ( Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

    German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere delivers a statement in Berlin, Tuesday Sept. 13, 2016. Germany’s interior minister says three Syrian men believed to have been sent to Germany by the Islamic State group appear to have used the same smugglers and received passports from the same workshop as some of those involved in the Paris attacks. The three men were arrested in northern Germany on Tuesday. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said they had been under observation for months and there were no indications of any concrete plans for an attack. ( Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A refugee accommodation center  in Grosshansdorf, northern Germany photographed Tuesday Sept. 13, 2016.  According to dpa news agency, police raided the shelter,  Germany’s interior minister says three Syrian men believed to have been sent to Germany by the Islamic State group appear to have used the same smugglers and received passports from the same workshop as some of those involved in the Paris attacks. The three men were arrested in northern Germany on Tuesday. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said they had been under observation for months and there were no indications of any concrete plans for an attack.  ( Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP)

    A refugee accommodation center in Grosshansdorf, northern Germany photographed Tuesday Sept. 13, 2016. According to dpa news agency, police raided the shelter, Germany’s interior minister says three Syrian men believed to have been sent to Germany by the Islamic State group appear to have used the same smugglers and received passports from the same workshop as some of those involved in the Paris attacks. The three men were arrested in northern Germany on Tuesday. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said they had been under observation for months and there were no indications of any concrete plans for an attack. ( Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP)  (The Associated Press)

German authorities say three people have been arrested in raids conducted as part of efforts to root out people sent to Europe by the Islamic State group or other extremists amid the migrant influx.

The Federal Criminal Police Office said six locations in two German states were searched Tuesday. It said three people were detained and "extensive material" seized, but didn't give more details. The raids were first reported by the daily Die Welt.

The office noted that the attacks in Paris and Brussels over the past year showed that IS has used the migrant flow to send people to Europe. It said it's received over 400 tips about people who may have a terrorist background, but most turned out to be wrong. However, more than 60 investigations were opened.