France Arrest Suspect In Brussels Jewish Museum Shooting

Marseille, France
Marseille, France

French police have arrested a 29-year-old suspected of involvement in the shootings deaths last weekend at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a Frenchman with suspected ties to Islamic radicals in Syria, was detained in Marseille in southern France. He was detained by custom officials at the bus station on a bus from Amsterdam via Brussels and was found caring a Kalashnikov assault rifle and another gun.

Originally from Roubaix in northern France, the man is believed to have travelled to join Islamist fighters in Syria in 2013, and was known to the French domestic intelligence agency the DGSI, the source said.

He is being questioned by the DGSI who can hold him for up to 96 hours, until Tuesday, or 144 hours, to Thursday, if investigators invoke an imminent terrorist threat.

Sunday, Paris  prosecutor François Molin said, Mehdi Nemmouche “spent over a year in Syria, where he seems to have joined the ranks of combatant groups, jihadist terrorist groups. A video seized during his arrest implicates Nemmouche in the shooting.”

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