SARAJEVO - US authorities on Tuesday extradited to Bosnia a Muslim ex-soldier accused of taking part in the mass murder of Croat civilians in southern Bosnia-Herzegovina during the Muslim-Croat conflict there in 1993, Bosnia's prosecutor's office said.

Edin Dzeko, a 39-year-old naturalized US citizen who moved to the United States in 2001, agreed in November before a judge in Seattle to return to his native Bosnia to face charges that he participated in war crimes.

"Defendant Edin Dzeko was deported from the United States and handed over to Bosnia-Herzegovina authorities on Dec. 20," the prosecutor's office said in a statement. Dzeko was placed in detention and would be handed over to a war crimes prosecutor.

Dzeko was investigated for crimes he allegedly committed as a member of the Bosnian army special unit known as "Zulfikar", the statement said.

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