'Jihadist' four back in the Netherlands

6th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Belgium has extradited the four suspects accused of trying to join a jihad training camp in Somalia back to the Netherlands.

The Hague – Belgium on Wednesday sent three Dutchmen and a Dutch-resident Moroccan, accused of trying to join Islamist rebels in Somalia, back to the Netherlands, the public prosector's office said.

The four suspects – all aged 21, from The Hague, with Somali or Moroccan immigrant backgrounds – will be heard by a judge in Rotterdam on Friday after questioning by police, spokeswoman Marieke van der Molen told AFP.

The four men, all of whom are f were arrested at Brussels airport on Thursday after being thrown out of Kenya, and have now been extradited by the Belgian authorities.

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.

AFP / Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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