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Brussels shooting investigation draws attention to problem of "returnees" from Syria

English.news.cn   2014-06-02 05:26:00
 • Frederic Van Leeuw, the Belgian federal prosecutor, raised concerns on "returnees" problem.
 • All the European countries are confronted at this moment with this problem, Van Leeuw said.
 • According to him, a person has been arrested Friday at Marseille in a bus from Brussels.

 

BRUSSELS, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Frederic Van Leeuw, the Belgian federal prosecutor, raised concerns on "returnees" problem as investigation towards the deadly shooting case in Brussels evolves on.

"The new elements in this investigation (into the shooting in Brussels) draw the attention once more to the problem of the 'returnees', in other words the people going to Syria in order to participate at combat and return afterwards to our country," said the prosecutor Sunday during a press conference.

All the European countries are confronted at this moment with this problem, he declared, adding that this phenomenon monopolizes actually almost the entire counter-terrorism unit of the federal prosecutor's office and demands a very large capacity within the Belgian law enforcement agencies.

According to him, a person has been arrested Friday at Marseille in a bus from Brussels. This person, noticed by customs, was in possession of a revolver, a Kalashnikov and a lot of ammunition.

Amongst his personal affairs were also found clothes, shoes and a Go-pro camera that could correspond to those worn and used by the perpetrator of the shooting on May 24 at the Jewish museum in Brussels, which killed four people, including two Israelis, a French and a young Belgian.

According to the French authorities, the arrested person, named Nemmouche Mehdi and a 29 years old French man, is judiciary well-known for acts related to organized crime. In 2008 and 2009, he has been convicted twice in France for facts of qualified robbery.

"He was probably radicalized the last years and is presumed to have joined fighting jihadist group in Syria in 2013", the Belgian prosecutor added.

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