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Dane held in Lebanon for fighting alongside Isis

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Dane held in Lebanon for fighting alongside Isis
Lebanese authorities say that the man is an active member of Isis in both Lebanon and Syria. Photo: Bulent Kilic/Scanpix
10:38 CEST+02:00
A teenager who was born and raised in Denmark is being held by Lebanese authorities on the suspicion that he is an active member of Isis.
A 19-year-old Danish man was arrested in Lebanon for fighting alongside the terror organisation Isis, Berlingske has revealed. 
 
The arrest occurred in June but was unknown until the newspaper reported it on Wednesday. According to Berlingske, despite sitting in the Roumieh prison outside of Beirut for four months, the Dane has not yet been served with formal charges.
 
Lebanese authorities, however, contend that the man is an active member of Isis in both Lebanon and Syria. 
 
The Foreign Ministry confirmed the arrest but did not give many further details. 
 
“We can confirm that a Danish citizen has been detained in Lebanon since June. We are providing regular consular assistance as is normal in these situations, with contact to the family and visits to the prison,” Ole Egberg Mikkelsen of the Foreign Ministry's citizen services department (Borgerservice) told Berlingske. 
 
According to the newspaper’s sources, the 19-year-old was born in Denmark to a Lebanese family. He reportedly has family members in Denmark and Sweden, including two individuals from Sweden who died while fighting for the Salafist group Jund al-Islam (Soldiers of Islam). 
 
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) declined to comment on the arrest. 
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