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Ex-Guantánamo inmate is among 6 detained from alleged French jihadi network

In this May 14, 2009, file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire, inside the Camp 4 detention facility at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
In this May 14, 2009, file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, detainees pray before dawn near a fence of razor-wire, inside the Camp 4 detention facility at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. ASSOCIATED PRESS

A former Guantánamo Bay inmate is among six people from an alleged jihadi recruiting network linked to the Islamic State group who were detained on Tuesday, a French judicial source said.

Lahmar’s 2008 prison profile

Among the suspects arrested in Bordeaux was Sabir Mahfouz Lahmar, who was freed from the U.S. detention center in Cuba in 2009 after France agreed to accept him, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the case.

Lahmar was one of six Algerians detained in Bosnia in 2001 on suspicion of plotting to bomb the U.S. embassy in Sarajevo. The Justice Department later backed off the allegations but held the men at Guantánamo for years.

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Sabir Mahfouz Lahmar in a photo provided to McClatchy by WikiLeaks from his 2008 Guantánamo prison profile.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed to take him in April 2009, and Lahmar moved to Bordeaux later that year.

The French official said Lamar, at 48, is the oldest of the four men and two women who were arrested and said that there were no indications the group was plotting an attack.

\Five of the suspects were detained in Bordeaux, one in Paris.

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