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Murder Suspect Who Fought in Syria Fuels Concern in the West
When French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche allegedly planned his May 24 assault on Brussels’ Jewish Museum–an attack that killed three people–he decided to bring a .38-caliber revolver and an assault rifle. He also brought skills honed on the Syrian battlefield, where he had traveled last year to join with radical Islamist fighters seeking to oust President Bashar Assad, according to French officials who detained Nemmouche as a suspect on May 30.
The fact that a fighter linked to a virulent al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria may have returned to wreak havoc in Europe is a nightmare come true for security officials.