Frenchman believed to be among ISIS killers

2014-11-17 14:55
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Paris - France's top security official says a Frenchman suspected of joining fighters for the Islamic State group is believed to be among the killers in a video that showed a beheaded American aid worker and a dozen Syrian soldiers.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday that there is a "strong presumption" that countryman Maxime Hauchard was among the group of Islamic extremist fighters in the video released over the weekend.

Cazeneuve said authorities were analysing the video and had been investigating Hauchard, about 22, from the west of Paris.

French citizens make up the largest contingent of European jihadi fighters who have joined extremists in Syria and Iraq.

According to the Paris prosecutor's office, about 1 100 people have been placed under surveillance and 95 people face charges.

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