German police arrest 7 in operation linked to Paris attacks

Paris Attacks Latest: 3 Arrested in Germany
Paris Attacks Latest: 3 Arrested in Germany

DUESSELDORF, Germany, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Police in the western German city of Aachen arrested seven people, at least three of them foreign citizens, on Tuesday 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 center in Alsdorf, a small town near Aachen close to Germany's border with Belgium and the Netherlands.

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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.

View anti-terrorism raids across Europe after the Paris attacks:

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.

(Reporting by Anneli Palmen and Matthias Sobolewski; Writing by Madeline Chambers and Joseph Nasr; Editing by Paul Carrel and Richard Balmforth)

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