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Dutch police arrest Syrian suspected of war crimes, terror

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Dutch prosecutors say police have arrested a Syrian on suspicion of war crimes and terrorism in his home country where he allegedly was a commander in the former al-Qaeda affiliate the al-Nusra Front.

Prosecutors say in a statement that the suspect, a 47-year-old man living in the Netherlands since 2014 on a temporary asylum visa, was arrested on Tuesday in the southern town of Kapelle following a tip from German police.

Law enforcement officers seized a computer, smartphone and documents during a search of the suspect’s house.

Dutch prosecutors say that German police simultaneously searched six homes of suspected members of the al-Nusra battalion led by the man arrested in the Netherlands.

The suspect is due to be brought before an investigating judge in The Hague on Friday.