German police have arrested three Syrian men suspected of being deployed by Isis to carry out new terror attacks in Europe.
Prosecutors said the three suspects were dispatched to Germany last year “either to carry out a mission that they had been informed about or to wait for further instructions”.
They were named as Mahir al-H, 17, Ibrahim M, 18, and Mohamed A, 18, with their surnames redacted according to German privacy laws.
“Concrete missions or orders have not yet been found in the course of investigations carried out so far,” a spokesperson for the federal prosecutor said.
Thomas de Maiziere, the German interior minister, said the men could be part of a “sleeper cell” linked to the terrorists who carried out the Paris attacks in November.
He said the suspects were carrying fake documents “from the same workshop in Syria” and were believed to have been sent to Europe by the same smuggling network as militants that killed 130 people in the French capital.