Kenya arrests two Germans on suspicion of Shebab ties: reports

9th September 2014, Comments 0 comments

Kenyan police have arrested two German citizens suspected of ties to Somalia's Al-Qeada linked Shebab insurgents, reports said Tuesday.

Senior anti-terrorism police officer John Mulaulu told The Standard newspaper the two were arrested in the Kenyan capital Nairobi as they may have been making their way back to Germany.

"There could be more foreign fighters who are now returning to their countries because the group they were fighting for is crumbling," he said, according to the report.

Germany's foreign ministry confirmed two citizens had been arrested, but gave no further details on the reason.

Scores of foreigners are reported to have fought for the Shebab.

But earlier this month a US airstrike killed Shebab chief Ahmed Abdi Godane, while the 22,00-strong African Union force, fighting alongside government troops, have launched a major offensive against remaining towns held by the Islamists.

On Saturday, three German men were arrested after flying home from Kenya, accused of having joined and fought with the Shebab.

They were arrested on terrorism charges at Frankfurt airport and brought a day later before a judge who ordered them held in pre-trial detention, the federal prosecution service said.

Several Western foreigners have been arrested in east Africa on suspicion of ties to the Shebab, with Kenya seen as a major transit point into the war-torn Horn of Africa nation.

© 2014 AFP

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