- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 24, 2015

German authorities have launched a manhunt for 12 people who entered the country using fake Syrian passports and then disappeared.

Officials believe the migrants obtained documents that were stolen by the Islamic State when the terror group captured the Syrian city of Raqqa in 2013. It is believed the travelers who entered Germany used the same supplier as two of the Paris attackers, according to German newspaper Bild.

The suspects are believed to be French nationals who entered Europe via Greece, using forged Syrian passports, alongside Islamic State militants who then went on to carry out the Paris attacks, German newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported, according to The Independent.

Authorities are still searching for two of the men who are believed to have carried out some of the attacks in Paris, including Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French national who is the key suspect in a massive manhunt.

The latest manhunt in Germany comes a week after police in Austria arrested two people suspected of having links to the Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead and several hundred injured, at a refugee shelter in Salzburg.

The news also comes as the International Organization for Migration announced that more than 1 million migrants and refugees have crossed into Europe this year.

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