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Turkey extradites Greek Muslim with suspected jihadi ties

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Turkish authorities on Thursday extradited to Greece a 40-year-old Muslim with suspected links to jihadi cells.

The suspect, from Komotini in northern Greece, had been arrested on Wednesday in Turkey and was believed to be on his way to Syria. On Thursday, he was sent to the border station at Kipoi, on Greece’s land border with Turkey, before being transferred to Alexandroupoli, where he was being questioned last night.

The 40-year-old, who is suspected to have been on his way to join jihadi fighters in Syria, is understood to have run a store selling ecclesiastical paraphernalia in Komotini, which has a large Muslim minority.

According to police sources, the suspect had a Facebook profile under an Arabic name, on which he is said to have praised the activities of jihadi fighters.

In a related development, two migrants who had been detained on the island of Kos over suspected ties to Islamic State were released on Thursday after no evidence was found linking them to ISIS. The two men said they were Syrians and one claimed to be opposed to the Assad regime.