German authorities have launched a probe into allegations of a new case of suspected spying linked to the US National Security Agency, German reports said today.

The report by news magazine Der Spiegel comes after an investigation into alleged US spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone was dropped in June due to lack of proof.

German-US relations were badly strained after fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden revealed mass US surveillance around the world in 2013.

The latest probe by Germany’s federal prosecutors target persons unknown for “espionage activities”, Der Spiegel said.

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