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France extradites suspected Jewish Museum shooter to Belgium

Benoît Peyruck, AFP | A drawing depicting the suspect, Mehdi Nemmouche

France on Tuesday handed over to Belgium a French-Algerian man suspected of carrying out a deadly shooting in May at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

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Tine Hollevoet, a spokeswoman for the Belgian police, said 29-year-old Mehdi Nemmouche "has arrived" in Brussels. “He will be interrogated," he added.

Nemmouche initially had filed an appeal against his extradition but then dropped his objection after guarantees that he would not be sent on to another country such as Israel from Belgium, according to his lawyer.

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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