France hunts suspected Iraqi jihad volunteers

23rd September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 22 (AFP) - Paris prosecutors have opened a preliminary inquiry into French citizens who may be leaving the country to take part in the Islamic jihad, or holy war, in Iraq against US troops and local security forces, judicial officials said Wednesday.

PARIS, Sept 22 (AFP) - Paris prosecutors have opened a preliminary inquiry into French citizens who may be leaving the country to take part in the Islamic jihad, or holy war, in Iraq against US troops and local security forces, judicial officials said Wednesday.  

The probe was started Monday after France's counter-intelligence agency, the DST, came up with information pointing to the possibility that some French nationals might have gone to Baghdad to participate in the insurgency, the officials said, confirming a report in Le Figaro newspaper.  

A judicial source said the inquiry only concerns around 10 individuals who might have gone to Iraq via Syria to join Islamic militant groups.  

The source added that indications to that effect came up during the interrogation of suspected extremists arrested in a Paris suburban Muslim prayer hall June 15, particularly a text message on the mobile telephone of one of the suspects that originated in Iraq that read: "Group has arrived. I will contact you if I need help."  

France's top anti-terrorist investigating magistrate, Jean-Louis Bruguiere, and his colleague, Jean-Francois Ricard, are in charge of the investigation, the officials said.

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