Germany detains 'terror group suspect' back from Syria

16th October 2014, Comments 0 comments

Police in Germany have arrested a man on charges of belonging to a foreign terror organisation during an extended trip to Syria, officials said on Thursday.

The 27-year-old German national, identified as Soufiane K., is alleged to have been a member of the Al Qaeda-backed militant group Al-Nusra Front, the federal prosecutor general in Karlsruhe said.

He allegedly left his western German home in Ruesselsheim for Syria in July 2013 and later joined the group, a statement said.

He is suspected of having received combat training and carried out guard duty for the militant group, among other things, it added.

The man returned to Germany in June, the federal prosecutor general said, adding that since then, suspicion of his involvement with Al-Nusra Front had grown leading to an arrest warrant.

The suspect was due to appear before an investigating judge on Thursday.

© 2014 AFP

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