March 27th, 2012
11:55 AM ET

Official: British man arrested in Somalia

A 45-year-old British man has been arrested in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for suspected ties to al Qaeda, a spokesman for Somalia's president said Tuesday.

The man is not of Somali origin, said Abdirahman Omar Osman, also a senior adviser to President Sharif Ahmed.

Osman said the suspect had come to Somalia without a visa and upon questioning said he wanted to help Islam. Authorities have seized his computer.

A spokesman at the UK Foreign Office said it was aware of the matter and was looking into it.

Al-Shabaab, a militant Islamist group allied to al Qaeda, controls much of southern Somalia and is active around Mogadishu.

It has waged an insurgency against the weak Transitional Federal Government since 2007.

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  1. Sofa King

    Would the headline "Somalian man arrested in Britain" have made it onto CNN?

    March 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @sofa king: if he was allegedly a qaedi, i bet it would..

      March 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Go for it Sofa King. That doesn't sound a bit shady.

    March 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |