Thursday, March 20, 2003

Suspected Al Qaeda Man Arrested Over Nairobi Bomb
NAIROBI, 20 MARCH 2003--A Yemeni national suspected to have been involved in the 1998 Nairobi bomb attack was arrested and flown to Kenya yesterday for interrogation.

Internal Security minister Chris Murungaru said the man, suspected to be an Al-Qaeda operative, was arrested with the help of Somali leaders in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Sources said the suspect, who reports in Nairobi and Mogadishu identified only as Mr Isse, was arrested at a hospital in the Karaan District of Mogadishu.

Mr Murungaru declined to give details of the suspect, claiming in a statement that it would jeopardise investigations.

Officials of the Transitional National Government (TNG) in Somalia and Nairobi confirmed the arrest and detention of the middle-aged man

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