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Three held in Germany suspected of being on IS mission

A raid took place at a property in the town of Reinfeld in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. Credit: RTV

Three Syrian men arrested in Germany are "strongly suspected" of having been sent to the country by Islamic State to prepare for a terrorist attack and may have links to last year's Paris attackers.

German federal prosecutors believe the trio were dispatched to Germany in November 2015 "either to carry out a mission that they had been informed about or to wait for further instructions".

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere later said the suspects may be a "sleeper cell" with connections to the group of men who attacked the French capital in November last year.

Pre-dawn raids were conducted in six locations across two German states. Credit: RTV

Mr Maiziere said the men had fake passports made in the "same workshop" as the Paris attackers and journeyed from Syria to Europe through the same migrant trafficking network with mobiles and US dollars.

The men, aged from 17 to 26, were arrested by special forces in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony, with support from 200 federal and local police. Their flats were also searched.

The prosecutors gave no information on a suspected attack target and said: "Concrete missions or orders have not so far been found."

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German canoe slalom coach dies after car crash in Rio

Stefan Henze suffered head injuries in the crash on Friday. Credit: PA

The coach of Germany's canoe slalom team has died following a car crash in Rio last week, the German Olympics team has said.

Stefan Henze suffered head injuries in the crash on Friday when he was travelling with teammate Christian Kaeding in a taxi to the athletes' village and the car crashed into a concrete barrier.

"We are endlessly sad on this day," said German Olympic Sports Confederation President Alfons Hoermann. "Words cannot come close to describing how we in the Olympic team feel after this dreadful incident."

The 35-year-old, a 2004 Olympic Games silver medallist, had undergone emergency surgery early on Friday and had been in intensive care ever since.

Kaeding suffered minor injuries and has been released from hospital.

The German team said it will hold a ceremony on Tuesday.

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