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Somalia Britons face terror quiz


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Four Britons arrested in Kenya after crossing the border from war-torn Somalia have been held under terrorism laws on their return home.

Officers are questioning the men, all in their 20s and from London.

A police spokesman said the men had been detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 to allow them to investigate their arrest by the Kenyan authorities.

Somalian authorities alleged the men - among several foreigners detained - may have had links to al-Qaeda.

The Metropolitan Police said the four Britons were detained in Kenya on or around 21 January after crossing the border from Somalia.

They were deported back to Somalia on 10 February.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff from Nairobi travelled to Baidoa in Somalia and accompanied the men back to Kenya.

An FCO spokesman said the men were all in good physical condition.

The four were flown back to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, arriving at 0650 GMT.

A police spokesman said: "The men have been detained under port and border controls of the Terrorism Act 2000 in order for us to investigate the circumstances leading up to their detention by the Kenyan authorities."

The spokesman added: "They have been taken to a west London police station where they are currently detained. They have not been arrested."

UK support claim

FCO officials say they were trying to establish what happened.

There have previously been claims that Britons were injured or captured in fighting in Somalia, which is currently gripped by a power struggle between Islamists and government forces backed by Ethiopia.

Somalia's deputy prime minister had previously alleged that some support for the Islamist movement was coming from the UK.

A Kenyan police official said the Britons were among 10 foreigners who had been found fleeing Somalia.

The group, which also included two Americans, a Frenchman, a Tunisian woman, Syrians and other fighters of Arabic origin, were to be deported, he said.

Ethiopian forces invaded Somalia in December to prevent the Islamic movement, the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), from ousting the internationally recognised government from its stronghold in the west of the country.

Source: BBC, Feb 13, 2007


 
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    esii @ 2007-02-14 7:16 AM EST
 is there any problem if brittish somali goes to somalia?,
we all gone back to visit relatives or something.
    Terminator @ 2007-02-14 3:40 AM EST
 These people are UK citizens and don't see why is anybody else's business about their status.
    columbus boy @ 2007-02-13 8:33 PM EST
 Thanks all of you, after 17 years or more,our nation will stop(Qabiil).
I wish our young kids will forget this. insha allah.
Thanks all bro/sisters
    wadani2 @ 2007-02-13 6:05 PM EST
 they are better off in somalia as the government has offered amnesty to UIC fighters, i am not sure about the british.
    Hassancosobleh @ 2007-02-13 4:49 PM EST
 Nadia and Beesha ilaahay ka cabsada. Qabiil faaido malaha. Nadia, dad meesha ka maqan hadaad wax ka sheegto, xan iyo denbi ayey kugu tahay. Fikradiisa inkasta oo ay ila khaldan tahay haddana ha dhiibto qow walba mowqiifkiisa. Qaabdarada aad ku murnmeysaan ayaan la yaabey. Ilaahii anni i soo hanuuniyey ayaan ka baryayaa inuu idinkana jidka toosan idin tuso. AAMIIN.
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