Germany has launched a manhunt for 12 people who used fake passports to enter the country and have vanished since. The passports were supposedly taken from Syrians when the Isis took over the city of Raqqa in 2013.

The 12 people who are assumed to be migrants received the passports from the same source as the ones used by the Paris attackers, said the German newspaper Bild.

The manhunt comes in the wake of ongoing investigations in neighbouring European countries. Two individuals from a refugee shelter in Austria have been arrested for links to the Paris attacks, while Belgium has arrested nine people.

The wanted people entered the country via Greece with the Isis militants who perpetrated the terrorist attacks in Paris, reported Kronen Zeitung, a German newspaper.

Even while multiple manhunts continue in various European countries, two militants who were part of the team that conducted numerous attacks in Paris on 13 November are still elusive. One of them is Salah Abdeslam, one of the suicide bombers who failed to complete his mission and has been on the run since.