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Former Syria Hostage Identifies Captor

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FILE - Court drawing shows Mehdi Nemmouche, the 29-year-old suspected gunman in a quadruple murder at the Brussels Jewish Museum, during a court hearing in Versailles, France, June 26, 2014.

FILE - Court drawing shows Mehdi Nemmouche, the 29-year-old suspected gunman in a quadruple murder at the Brussels Jewish Museum, during a court hearing in Versailles, France, June 26, 2014.

A French journalist held hostage for months by extremists in Syria has identified one of his captors as Mehdi Nemmouche, the French national accused of killing four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May.

Journalist Nicolas Henin named Nemmouche on Saturday, saying he was among his jailers from July to December of last year.

Nemmouche is of Algerian decent. He was arrested in France and extradited to Brussels this year after the Jewish Museum attack.

Henin said he was very violent toward prisoners, including Syrians held in the same building as the French journalist.

Henin was one of four French journalists freed from captivity in Syria in April.

While captive, Henin was held for a time with slain American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. Recent videos released by the Islamic State extremist group show the two men being beheaded.

Some information for this report comes from AP, AFP and Reuters.

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