Suspect reportedly trained in Syria.
The Times of Israel is reporting that one person has been arrested for last week’s shooting at the Jewish Museum of Belgium that claimed three lives including an Israeli couple, Mira and Emanuel Riva.
The alleged culprit, 29-year-old French citizen Mehdi Nemmouche from the northern French town of Roubaix, was captured Friday in Marseille, and was said to have in his possession a gun and a Kalashnikov assault rifle of the sort used in the May 24 attack.
Belgium investigators are probing a possible terrorist link, noting Nemmouche is believed to have links to Syrian jihadists. Nemmouche last visited Syria in 2013.
According to the report originally Belgian authorities had been considering anti-Semitism as the motive but ” the fact that the attack lasted only a minute and a half have led authorities to believe there could be a terrorist motive.”
Of course that doesn’t rule out anti-Semitism. It was a terrorist attack that was motivated by anti-Semitism.
French President Francois Hollande confirmed a suspect had been arrested and said France was determined to do all it could to stop radicalised youths from carrying out attacks.
“We will monitor those jihadists and make sure that when they come back from a fight that is not theirs, and that is definitely not ours … to make sure that when they come back they cannot do any harm,” Hollande told reporters.
The message “to these jihadists is that we will fight them, we will fight them and we will fight them”, he said.
This recently has become a big concern. Earlier this year it was reported that fighters in Syria are being trained to bring the war back to the West. Israel arrested members of a cell that had been planning to get training in Syria with the intent of launching terror attacks when they returned. The Telegraph reported in January:
British people fighting in Syria are being trained as “jihadists” and then encouraged to return to the UK to launch attacks on home soil, an al-Qaeda defector and western security sources have told the Telegraph.
In a rare interview on Turkey’s border with Syria, the defector from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) said that recruits from Britain, Europe and the US were being indoctrinated in extremist anti-Western ideology, trained in how to make and detonate car bombs and suicide vests and sent home to start new terror cells.
President Obama has assured us that Al Qaeda is on the run. The question is to where.
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