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French extremist caught trying to enter Turkey from Syria

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A French extremist wanted on an Interpol “red notice” has been caught by Turkish security forces trying to enter Turkey from Syria, the Turkish defense ministry said Monday.

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The individual known by the initials C.G. was detained while trying to reach the Turkish border town of Reyhanli, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said the individual is believed to be part of the Firqatul Ghuraba group of foreign extremists in Syria and recruited by Omar Omsen.

A man drives his motorcycle near a building that was damaged during an air strike by the Syrian government forces in town of Kafr Aweid, in the extremist-controlled region of Idlib on May 23, 2019. (File photo: AFP)
A man drives his motorcycle near a building that was damaged during an air strike by the Syrian government forces in town of Kafr Aweid, in the extremist-controlled region of Idlib on May 23, 2019. (File photo: AFP)

Omsen, also known as Omar Diaby, is a French national of Senegalese descent suspected of funneling francophone fighters to Syria.

He was captured in August in Syria by a group linked to Al-Qaeda.

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