BRUSSELS -- The trial of a man accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium in 2014 after fighting alongside extremists in Syria started in Brussels on Thursday amid high security.
The slaying was one of the first in Europe blamed on a foreign fighter -- often young, radicalized people who trained or fought with the Islamic State group or other extremists, then returned home to commit atrocities like the November 2015 Paris attacks and the Brussels suicide bombings four months later.
Mehdi Nemmouche is accused of "terrorist murder" for gunning down the four -- an Israeli couple and two people working at the museum -- with a revolver and an assault rifle. The 33-year-old Frenchman's alleged accomplice, Nacer Bendrer, aged 30, also appeared in court.
Flanked by police officers with their faces covered by balaclavas, and dressed in a yellow sweatshirt and light pants, Nemmouche confirmed his name, age and address, but made no other comments.