Three people arrested in Germany in connection with Paris attacks

Police forces patrol on the Champs Elysee in Paris
Police forces patrol on the Champs Elysee in Paris

German police have arrested three people near the western city of Aachen in connection with the Paris terror attacks.

The three were arrested in the town of Alsdorf, just north-east of the city, German news agency dpa reported.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Friday's co-ordinated attacks, which killed at least 129 people.

The news came after France made an unprecedented demand for its European Union allies to support its military action against IS as it launched new air strikes on the militants' Syrian stronghold.

France invoked a never-before-used article of the EU's Lisbon Treaty obliging members of the 28-nation bloc to give "aid and assistance by all the means in their power" to a member country that is "the victim of armed aggression on its territory".

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said EU partners could help "either by taking part in France's operations in Syria or Iraq, or by easing the load or providing support for France in other operations".

Arriving for talks in Brussels on Tuesday with his EU counterparts, Greek Defence Minister Panagiotis Kammenos told reporters that "we're in a new situation in Europe. This is September 11 for Europe."

A French military spokesman said the latest air strikes in Islamic State's de-facto capital of Raqqa destroyed a command post and training camp.

On Monday, President Francois Hollande vowed to forge a united coalition capable of defeating the jihadists at home and abroad.

Mr Hollande said the victims came from at least 19 nations, and the international community, led by the US and Russia, must overcome their deep-seated divisions over Syria to destroy IS on its home turf.

Authorities have yet to announce the capture of anyone suspected of direct involvement in the slaughter, although police have used emergency powers to conduct almost 300 searches since Sunday night which netted 127 arrests and 31 weapons.

A car with Belgian licence plates and a shattered front passenger window found in northern Paris on Tuesday could be linked to the attacks, officials said.

It was the third vehicle identified as having possible links to the investigation.

Seven attackers died - six after detonating suicide belts and a seventh from police gunfire - but Iraqi intelligence officials told The Associated Press that its sources indicated 19 participated in the attack and five others provided hands-on logistical support.