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A German intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the media, said Germany regularly tracks suspected radicals leaving the country to go to train in Pakistan or Afghanistan but cannot do anything to prevent them from leaving the country.

When they return, however, German laws enacted since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the United States now let authorities charge people for training in such camps.

In August, for example, a 25-year-old German citizen identified only as Rami M. was extradited from Pakistan and charged with membership in a terrorist organization. According to prosecutors at the time, he left Germany in March 2009 to join a terrorist training camp in Pakistan, where he learned how to handle “weapons and explosives,” prosecutors said when he was charged.

He then joined the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan’s fighting in the region, the prosecutors said. The group is suspected of terror attacks mostly targeting Pakistani security forces or NATO’s international troops in Afghanistan, prosecutors said.

Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office would not comment on the report of eight Germans being involved. But a spokeswoman, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of departmental policy, said there are indications that some 220 people have traveled from Germany to Pakistan and Afghanistan for paramilitary training, and “concrete evidence” that 70 of those had done so.

She said it is believed that about one-third of those 70 have returned to Germany. The Pakistani intelligence official said that about 60 Germans are thought to be in North Waziristan now.

French authorities, meanwhile, have received indications from allied intelligence services about the possibility of attacks, but no outright plot, a high-ranking French security official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

A recent spate of anonymous, phoned-in bomb threats in Paris — including on the Eiffel Tower — didn’t appear to have the “signature” of al Qaeda, the official said, noting that the terror network typically hasn’t tipped off authorities to attacks in advance.

Paisley Dodds reported from Brussels. Associated Press writers David Rising in Berlin and Jamey Keaten in Paris contributed to this report.