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Three suspected al Qaida terrorists have been arrested in Germany (PA)

Three suspected al Qaida terrorists have been arrested in Germany (PA)

Three suspected al Qaida terrorists have been arrested in Germany (PA)

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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