Austria Detains Two French Citizens Linked to Paris Attacks

  • Suspects detained last week in Salzburg after French Tip-Off
  • Men said to have traveled using fake Syrian passports

Austrian authorities in Salzburg detained two French citizens suspected of traveling with one of the perpetrators of last month’s terror attacks in Paris.

Police took the men into custody last week at a transit point set up for asylum seekers, Austria’s state-television channel ORF reported, citing local officials. Salzburg’s public prosecutor confirmed in an e-mail that two men traveling from the Middle East were detained on suspicion of connection with the Paris attacks.

French officials are flying in to question the suspects, both of whom traveled with false Syrian passports and entered the European Union through Greece, according to the ORF report. Prosecutors declined to provide any details of the investigation

The Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks killed 130 and have led to a heightened state of security across the EU. Police reported last month that one suspected accomplice in the attacks had previously crossed into Austria.

EU governments pledged Tuesday to tighten up on passport checks at airports and land and sea entry points. Leaders also backed an EU-flagged border patrol that can intervene in emergencies, as when refugees overwhelmed Greece’s islands this year. The men under detention in Austria traveled through the Greek island of Leros, ORF reported.

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