Briton linked to rebels in Somalia
28 March 2012, 10:23
Mogadishu - A British man was arrested in the Somali capital on Tuesday
for suspected links to the Islamist rebel group al-Shabaab, the African
Union's force and police said.
The suspect was apprehended at the
Mogadishu airport before heading to Kismayu, a southern port city held
by al Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-aligned group battling Somalia's transitional
federal government and the AU's troops.
"A British man linked to al-Shabaab is in our hands," police spokesperson Abdullahi Barise said. "He is under investigation."
Ankunda, a spokesperson for the AU's force Amisom, said the suspect had
been arrested by an Amisom intelligence official before being handed
over to Somali police.
Ankunda identified the suspect as Cleve
Everton Dennis and said he had previously travelled to Ethiopia in 2010.
"This time, he travelled from the UK via Nairobi to Mogadishu today. He
was born in 1966," he added.
A spokesperson for Britain's
Foreign and Commonwealth Office told Reuters in Nairobi they were
looking into reports of the arrest.