A suspected commander of a terrorist Jabhat al-Nusra battalion has been arrested in the Netherlands, police said on Tuesday afternoon.
The man, who is 47 and has Syrian nationality, was arrested in the small town of Kapelle in Zeeland on suspicion of committing war crimes and terrorist crimes in Syria. He has been in the Netherlands since 2014 and has a temporary asylum permit.
The man, police said in a website statement, fought under the name Abu Khuder and his battalion was known as Ghuraba’a Mohassan (Strangers of Mohassan).
The home of a man in Ede was also searched as he is thought to be in contact with the main suspect, police said.
At the same time, six homes of other suspected members of Ghuraba’a Mohassan were searched in Germany in a separate investigation.
The Dutch arrest followed information from the German police, who provided witness testimonies about the suspect. The man will appear in court on Friday for a remand hearing.
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