Former French hostage says Brussels attack suspect was among his captors in Syria




 
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September 6th, 2014  
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Topic: Former French hostage says Brussels attack suspect was among his captors in Syria


By Dominique Vidalon PARIS (Reuters) - A French journalist held hostage for months in Syria said on Saturday that one of his captors was a Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May. The reporter, Nicolas Henin, said he recognized Mehdi Nemmouche from video shown to him as part of an investigation. "After the arrest of Mehdi Nemmouche I have been shown a few audovisual documents that allowed me to recognize him formally," Henin, who was freed on April 20 along with three other French journalists, told a news conference. Henin spoke at the Paris offices of French weekly Le Point, which early on Saturday had published excerpts of a piece written by Henin in which he described Nemmouche as one of a group of French nationals who had moved in Islamic State circles in Syria. Le Point said it had not initially planned to go public with Henin's information for fear of jeopardizing the safety of other hostages, but decided to go ahead when French daily Le Monde reported on Saturday morning that French intelligence identified Nemmouche as one of the captors of Western hostages in Syria.




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