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Suspect in Belgium's Jewish museum shooting extradited

Mehdi Nemmouche, the 29-year-old Frenchman accused of killing four people during a deadly attack on Belgium's Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24, has been extradited from France to Belgium to stand trial.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   July 29, 2014 at 12:31 PM

BRUSSELS, July 29 (UPI) -- France has confirmed that the suspect in a deadly shooting at Belgium's Jewish Museum on May 24 was extradited Tuesday morning from France to Belgium to stand trial.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old French citizen and radicalized Islamist, was arrested in Marseilles on May 30 by French authorities. In June, his lawyers said that he would fight extradition attempts.

Belgian Federal Police spokeswoman Tine Hollevoet confirmed the extradition took place Tuesday.

Prosecutors accused Nemmouche of carrying out the attack in Brussels that killed four people, including an Israeli couple in their 50s, after returning from a year in Syria. During his May arrest, police seized a Kalashnikov rifle that had been wrapped in an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria flag.

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