- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 15, 2015

German authorities are tracking an Islamic State terror cell suspected of having 50 members.

Prosecutors told the German newspaper Bild that they are focused on finding a 26-year-old, German-Tunisian man known as “Ayoub B” who traveled to Iraq and Syria with six others.

The Telegraph reported Thursday that when Bild tried to find Ayoub B, the newspaper was stopped by German police and told to refrain from investigating further because he was under surveillance.

German authorities are concentrating their investigation on the northern city of Wolfsburg, the newspaper reported.

News of the terror investigation comes on the same day that German Chancellor Angela Merkel unveiled a nine-point plan for securing the country from the kind of terrorist attacks recently perpetrated in Paris.

Ms. Merkel said that new measures will address German citizens who travel to the Middle East with the desire to fight on behalf of radical groups, The Telegraph reported.

She then added a caveat to her speech, saying: “Any marginalization of Muslims, any general suspicion is unacceptable. […] As Chancellor, I place Muslims in Germany under my protection,” the newspaper reported.

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