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France to extradite Brussels Jewish museum shooting suspect

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A French court on Thursday ordered a man accused of carrying out a deadly shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May to be extradited to Belgium.


The court in Versailles, west of Paris, said Franco-Algerian Mehdi Nemmouche, 29, who was detained several days after the May 24 attack, should be handed over to Belgian authorities for "killings with a terrorist connotation".

The decision was in line with a European warrant issued for Nemmouche's arrest.

The suspect had initially said he was not opposed to his transfer to Belgium as long as he had assurances he would not be sent on to a third country, but then decided to contest the extradition.

Four people – an Israeli couple, a French woman and Belgian man – were killed in the shooting.

Nemmouche was arrested on May 30 in the southern city of Marseille in a bus coming from Amsterdam via Brussels during a random check by customs officials.

A revolver and Kalashnikov rifle – similar weapons to those used in the shooting – were found in his luggage, as was a portable camera.

It later emerged that Nemmouche, originally from Roubaix in northern France, had spent more than a year in Syria training with “jihadist terrorist groups”, according to Paris public prosecutor François Molins.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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