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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kenya arrests seven attempting to join Somali militants

Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Nairobi - Kenya's authorities have arrested seven young men, including a Nigerian with a British passport, on suspicion of attempting to reach Somalia and join an al-Qaeda-linked group there, local media reported Tuesday.

The Daily Nation, quoting a coastal police official, said the six Kenyans and the Nigerian were arrested on the small island of Lamu as they boarded a speedboat with the intention of reaching nearby Somalia.

The men were in possession of materials promoting jihad and allegedly admitted they had been radicalized by an imam at a mosque in the coastal town of Mombasa.

Insurgent group al-Shabaab is fighting to oust the Western-backed government in Somalia. Hundreds of foreign fighters are believed to back the group, which carried out a suicide bomb attack in Uganda in July.
Kenya has a significant Muslim population, as well as a large Somali diaspora.

Source: DPA

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