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10 arrested in French jihadi recruiting network

Published:Tuesday | December 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Jihadi fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and other rebel factions, rest after clashes with Syrian troops in Wadi Deif in the northwestern province of Idlib.

PARIS (AP):

The Paris prosecutor's office says about 10 people have been arrested, most of them in the south of France, as authorities dismantle a network sending would-be jihadis to Syria.

Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor's office, said four of those detained yesterday were already jailed for unrelated minor crimes. She did not know how many people the network had recruited.

Thibault-Lecuivre said the investigation into the network was opened in December 2013.

European officials fear that radicalised fighters will return from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq and attack at home, and France has made it a crime to recruit or be recruited for fighting abroad.

A Frenchman linked to Islamic State extremists has been accused in a deadly shooting at a Brussels Jewish museum.