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Police arrest suspected accomplice of Brussels Jewish Museum killer

Frenchman reportedly met Mehdi Nemmouche, who spent time with Islamic State in Syria, while both were in jail

A picture released on June 1, 2014, shows the 29-year-old suspected gunman in the Brussels Jewish Museum attack, French-Algerian Mehdi Nemmouche. (AFP)
A picture released on June 1, 2014, shows the 29-year-old suspected gunman in the Brussels Jewish Museum attack, French-Algerian Mehdi Nemmouche. (AFP)

PARIS — A Frenchman was detained Friday as investigators probed his ties to Mehdi Nemmouche, the jihadist charged with killing four people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum in May.

The 27-year-old man, from the southern French city of Marseille, was arrested Tuesday and is suspected of being an accomplice of Nemmouche, according to a law enforcement source. He is named in a European arrest warrant.

The man was arrested along with four other people who have since been released, during a police raid. Weapons were found in the course of the arrests.

The suspect, who has a criminal record, met Nemmouche while both were behind bars previously, the law enforcement source said.

People pay their respects in front of a makeshift memorial at the entrance of the Jewish Museum in Brussels, on May 25, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/GEORGES GOBET)
People pay their respects in front of a makeshift memorial at the entrance of the Jewish Museum in Brussels, on May 25, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/GEORGES GOBET)

A Paris appeals court is to rule soon on whether the suspect should be turned over to Belgian authorities, a move he has opposed.

Nemmouche, 29, a Frenchman of Algerian origin who spent more than a year fighting with the Islamic State extremists in Syria, was arrested in the southern city of Marseille shortly after an Israeli couple, a French woman and a Belgian were shot dead at the museum in central Brussels seven months ago.

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