Belgian among Daesh suspects arrested in south Turkey

France requests extradition of 26-year-old Ahmet Dahmani on grounds that he is linked to Paris attacks

Servet Günerigök   | 21.11.2015
Belgian among Daesh suspects arrested in south Turkey


ANTALYA, Turkey 

Turkish police arrested three suspected Daesh members in the southern province of Antalya on Friday, police said.

Local police speaking to an Anadolu Agency correspondent said that France had requested the extradition of one of the suspects, a Belgian of Moroccan descent, Ahmet Dahmani, 26, on Saturday on the grounds that he is linked with the Paris attacks, which killed 130 people. French authorities were unavailable for comment.

Anti-terror officers arrested a Belgian of Moroccan descent along with two Syrians on suspicion of aiding and abetting Daesh, according to a police source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Belgian, identified as Ahmet Dahmani was seized at a hotel while suspects Ahmet Tahir, 29, and Muhammed Verd, 23, were arrested in a car on the D-400 highway that crosses southern Turkey.

The three are due to appear before a court in Manavgat, a resort town to the east of the city of Antalya.

The arrests came in the wake of last week's Paris attacks that saw many Belgium-based militants kill 130 people.

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