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Paris Terror Attacks: Possible link between man arrested in Germany nine days ago and Paris attacks - reports in Germany

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Published 14/11/2015 | 17:21

French national and municipal police stand guard outside a commercial center in NIce, France, November 14, 2015, the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
French national and municipal police stand guard outside a commercial center in NIce, France, November 14, 2015, the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A man arrested in Germany's southern state of Bavaria in early November after guns and explosives were found in his car may be linked to Friday's deadly assault in Paris, Bavaria's state premier said on Saturday.

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Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks in which gunmen wearing suicide bombing belts killed 127 people in several locations in the French capital on Friday.

A French policeman stands guard outside a commercial center in NIce, France, November 14, 2015, the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
A French policeman stands guard outside a commercial center in NIce, France, November 14, 2015, the day after a series of deadly attacks in Paris. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
A girl places a paper, carrying a peace sign featuring Eiffel Tower, next to candles and flowers in memory of victims of deadly attacks in Paris, outside the French embassy in Madrid, Spain, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

"We have an arrest ... where there are reasonable grounds for presuming that it might be related to the matter," Horst Seehofer said in a speech at a local party congress of the Christian Democrats.

Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the 51-year old from Montenegro had an address in Paris as destination in his vehicle navigation system and that as far as he knew the French authorities had been informed about it.

"Whether that means there is a connection (to the attacks) or not is being investigated," de Maiziere said after an emergency meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel's security cabinet in Berlin.

A spokesman for the Bavarian police said the man had been arrested on Nov. 5 on a motorway near the town of Rosenheim after investigators found eight machine guns, several handguns and explosives in his VW Golf. He is being held at Traunstein, a small city in the southeast of Bavaria, while investigations continue.

An unnamed man brings his portable grand piano and plays John Lennon's Imagine by the Bataclan, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital which are feared to have killed around 120 people. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday November 14, 2015. A state of emergency has been declared in France after a night of horror in the capital. There were two suicide attacks and a bombing near the Stade de France stadium, shootings at restaurants and a massacre inside a popular music venue in what is the worst violence to hit France since the Second World War. See PA story POLICE Paris. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire
An unnamed man brings his portable grand piano and plays John Lennon's Imagine by the Bataclan, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital which are feared to have killed around 120 people. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday November 14, 2015. A state of emergency has been declared in France after a night of horror in the capital. There were two suicide attacks and a bombing near the Stade de France stadium, shootings at restaurants and a massacre inside a popular music venue in what is the worst violence to hit France since the Second World War. See PA story POLICE Paris. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire
A woman lights a candle next to flowers placed in memory of victims of deadly attacks in Paris, outside the French embassy in Madrid, Spain, November 14, 2015. The papers read in French, "Spain with France" and "We are you, All together, Courage France". REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Analysis of the man's navigation system found that he drove from Montenegro via Croatia, Slovenia and Austria to Germany. Asked about his destination, the man said he wanted to see the Eiffel Tower, police said.

De Maiziere also said more extremists could be on the run in Germany, though he gave no specific reason for thinking this.

The minister confirmed German police had contacted French authorities after the arrest, but said it was not clear yet if the man was linked to the attackers in Paris and warned against premature conclusions.

De Maiziere also said it was not yet known by the authorities if the eight known perpetrators of the Paris attacks had accomplices.

Since last night, German authorities had been advised to implement measures to heighten security, such as stricter controls for air and train travel, the minister said.

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