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French Jihadist Arrested For Brussels Jewish Museum Attack

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The arrest of a French jihadist for the fatal shooting of three people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels confirms the worst fears about the security threat posed by battle-hardened European jihadists returning from the fighting in Syria.

French Jihadist Arrested For Brussels Jewish Museum Attack

Soeren Kern | Gatestone Institute | June 2, 2014

A French former jihadist in Syria has been arrested over the fatal shooting of three people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24.

The arrest, announced by French and Belgian prosecutors during simultaneous news conferences in Paris and Brussels on June 1, confirms the worst fears about the security threat posed by battle-hardened European jihadists returning from the fighting in Syria.

Western security officials estimate that up to 2,000 Europeans—including 800 from France and 200 from Belgium—have traveled to Syria in the hopes of overthrowing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and replacing it with an Islamic state.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old French national from the northern town of Roubaix, was arrested at the Saint-Charles train and bus station in Marseille on May 30 during a random search for illegal drugs. He was a passenger on an overnight bus that was travelling from Amsterdam to Marseille via Brussels.

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