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Al Qaida suspects held in Germany

Three suspected al Qaida terrorists arrested in Germany posed a "concrete and imminent" threat, the country's top security official has said.

Interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said the arrests by "domestic intelligence services and foreign partner organisations" succeeded in averting a serious danger.

He said the suspects had been under surveillance since April 15, and that the case showed that Germany remains a target of international terrorists.

German authorities said the trio were arrested early on Friday.

Prosecutors said they will appear before a judge in the south-west city of Karlsruhe on Saturday.

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