Paris attacks gendarmes
An armed French gendarme stands along the highway as gendarmes check vehicles and verify the identity of travellers on the A1 motorway between Paris-Lille-Brussels near the Chaumont toll station, in France, November 16, 2015, as security increases after last Friday's deadly attacks in the French capital. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Five people with links to the Paris attacks have been arrested in Germany, according to local media. The group were arrested near Aachen, close to the border with Belgium and the Netherlands, on the basis of information related to the 13 November attacks in Paris that left 129 dead.

The group - including two women and a man - were coming out of the Employment Office of Alsdorf, a small town located near Aachen, when a commando apprehended the group, whose identity has not been revealed. There is currently no information about the other two suspects.

It is still unknown if the man is Salah Abdeslam, 26, a Frenchman believed to be involved in the Paris attacks who remains at large after eluding a series of raids conducted by the authorities in Molenbeek.

Abdeslam and his brother Ibrahim, another attacker, lived in Molenbeek, a working-class neighbourhood of Brussels. A third brother, Mohamed, and four other men who had been detained in Belgium were released on Monday (16 November).