Germany extradites suspected Islamist to France
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Germany extradites suspected Islamist to France

Man accused of joining militants in Syria, prosecution says

A Syrian opposition fighter watches over as heavy fighting breaks out in in the Idlib province countryside, Syria, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 (photo credit: AP Photo)
A Syrian opposition fighter watches over as heavy fighting breaks out in in the Idlib province countryside, Syria, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 (photo credit: AP Photo)

Germany extradited to his native France on Wednesday a man suspected to have joined Islamic militants in war-torn Syria, a prosecution spokesman said.

The 30-year-old, who was wounded in Syria, had been detained 10 days earlier at Berlin’s Tegel airport where he had arrived from Istanbul.

The suspect, who also allegedly took part in a militant video message, was sent to France by plane, Berlin prosecutors’ spokesman Martin Steltner told AFP.

A source close to the French investigation has identified the man as Tewffik Bouallag, born in Dreux west of Paris, who allegedly went to Syria last December and fought alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

He was detained on an warrant issued by Paris prosecutors that accused him of membership in a terrorist organization.

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