Kenya arrests American national immigrant heading for Somalia
An American man has been arrested in northern Kenya while trying to enter an area of Somalia controlled by al-Shabaab, police and residents said.
An American man has been arrested in northern Kenya while trying to enter an area of Somalia controlled by al-Shabaab, police and residents said on Monday.
A witness told Reuters that the man was arrested on Sunday by police manning the immigration office at the border town of Liboi in Kenya's North Eastern province. He was on his way to Qoqani in southern Somalia without any security escort.
"We have arrested the suspect at the border town," said one police officer, who did not want to be named. "The suspect is being transported to the provincial police headquarters for questioning."
Police thought the man's willingness to enter the conflict-torn nation where foreigners are routinely kidnapped for huge ransoms was puzzling, the witness added.
The U.S. national had said he was a Muslim and denied any connection to Islamist fighters who vows to expel foreign forces and Western-backed government, said the witness.
Reuters Last Mod: 13 Ekim 2009, 00:03