German police have linked fugitive former members of the left-wing terrorist group Red Army Faction (RAF) to an attempt to rob an armored security van more than six months ago, security officials told dpa on Tuesday.
Police are now searching for three former members of the RAF, which disbanded in 1998 after mounting a campaign of bombings, assassinations, kidnappings and bank robberies across Germany over more than two decades.
DNA tests carried out at two cars used in the robbery turned up genetic matches with Daniela Klette, Ernst-Wilhelm Volker Staub and Burkhard Garweg, who like several other RAF members vanished when the group was disbanded, German state broadcaster NDR reported.
In June, three masked people shot at a money transporter at a supermarket near the northern German city of Bremen.
The robbery attempt failed and the three fled without any valuables. No one was injured in the attack.
The DNA is thought to be the first evidence of Klette, Staub and Garweg in almost 20 years.
DNA traces of the three former RAF members were also discovered at a similar attack on an armored van in the German city of Duisburg in 1999, NDR reported.
More DNA traces linked the three to an attack on a prison in central Germany in 1993.
Prosecutors are expected to make a detailed statement on Wednesday on their investigation into the robbery.