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Monday, February 05, 2007

The "New Americans II"

Source: guardian
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Two Americans were among at least 10 foreigners caught by Kenyan police at the Somali border after allegedly fighting with Somalia’s ousted Islamic movement, an official said Friday.

One of the Americans is wanted in the U.S. for links to radical movements, the Kenyan police official said. Kenya was preparing to deport the foreigners, seized after escaping advancing Ethiopian troops who helped oust the Islamists, to their home countries. ...

Among the foreigners in Kenyan custody were four Britons, a Frenchman, a Tunisian woman, Syrians and other Arabs, said the Kenyan official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information. The date of their deportation was not yet known. Kenyan authorities have told the British Embassy that four British nationals are being held, an embassy spokeswoman said. The men were detained on Jan. 20, she said.

“We continue to press urgently for consular access so that we can confirm their nationality and offer every assistance,” the spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity in line with embassy policy.

One of the Americans was arrested with his 9-year-old child, the Kenyan police official said. The U.S. Embassy had no comment.

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