Belgium deports 'jihadist' quartet to the Netherlands

7th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

The four suspects, all aged 21, will be heard by a judge in the city of Rotterdam on Friday after questioning by police.

THE HAGUE, August 5, 2009 (AFP) - Belgium on Wednesday sent three Dutchmen and a Moroccan, accused of trying to join Islamist rebels in Somalia, back to the Netherlands, the public prosector's office said.

The three Dutch nationals and the Moroccan man, who has Dutch residency status, were arrested at Brussels airport on Thursday after being thrown out of Kenya.

Kenyan police arrested them on July 24 close to the Somali border allegedly "on their way to a jihadist training camp in Somalia", according to Dutch prosecutors.

Dutch media have reported the four were suspected of having aided Somalia's Shebab Islamist militant group.

The Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab in Somalia have admitted to receiving backing from foreign fighters in their bid to topple Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.


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