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Germany checking jihadist claim against man deported by Egypt

German prosecutors said Friday they were looking into allegations that a German national arrested and then deported by Egypt is a jihadist militant. Based on the information published in the Egyptian media, the prosecution service... is investigating whether there are any indications of criminal offences, the service in the city of Celle told AFP. The 23-year-old student from the university town of Goettingen is one of two German men detained separately last month in Egypt, with an 18-year-old still in custody there on Friday. The families of both men believe their arrests were cases of mistaken identity. However, German public broadcaster SWR reported, without citing sources, that the 23-year-old was known to German police as a suspected Islamist. It said he had been the target of an investigation into the possible planning of an act of violence against the state . Egyptian security sources said he was detained at Cairo International Airport over suspicions he was seeking to join .

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