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    A French national was arrested in the Molenbeek district of Brussels after his attempt to find recruiters of militants willing to fight in Syria, local media reported.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — After arriving in the district notorious for being home to several perpetrators of the November attacks in Paris, the 20-year old Frenchman asked a random passer-by to take him to a mosque, the Belgian Derniere Heure newspaper said Friday.

    The detainee confided in his interlocutor that he "wanted to fight for the cause in Syria" and that he came to Molenbeek to "find people who can take me there," the media outlet added.

    The passer-by took him to the nearest mosque, but later informed local police of the jihadist tourist, according to the newspaper.

    The French national is currently in a detention center after being questioned by Belgian authorities, from where he will be sent to France, the Brussels police confirmed.

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