German police arrest suspected Islamic State fighter

22nd September 2014, Comments 0 comments

German police have arrested a Turkish man suspected of having fought for the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, public prosecutors said Monday.

The 40-year-old, who lives in Berlin and is a Turkish citizen, was detained by a special police unit in the German capital Friday, a spokesman for the city public prosecutor's office said.

He is suspected of having received weapons training in Syria and taken part in armed combat, the spokesman said.

German security services say some 400 German citizens have joined jihadists in Syria and Iraq, of whom about 130 have since come home.

Germany earlier this month announced it had outlawed active support of Islamic State including the recruitment of fighters and social media propaganda.

An alleged German jihadist went on trial in the western city of Frankfurt last week accused of fighting in Syria for the Islamic State group, in the first German criminal proceedings involving IS.

© 2014 AFP

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