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Briton held over Somali terror link

A British man who claimed to be heading on holiday to a rebel-held town in Somalia has been arrested in the country's capital on suspicion of links to a terrorist group.

A spokesman for the African Union military force in the country named him as 45-year-old Clive Denis Everton.

Mr Everton was detained by Somali police at Mogadishu airport after travelling from Britain via Kenya.

The spokesman said police had discovered suspicious items in his luggage, including 30 CDs, but did not give any further explanation. He said that Mr Everton had planned to travel to Kismayo, a rebel-held port town in southern Somalia.

In an interview on Somalia's RBC TV, Mr Everton said he had hoped to travel overland to Kismayo from Mombasa, Kenya, but had been unable to carry out the trip.

"I just wanted somewhere peaceful, sunny ... nice," he said, insisting his trip was intended for recreation.

The Foreign Office said it was investigating reports that a British passport holder had been arrested on suspicion of possible connections to terrorism.

Diplomats have recently warned that dozens of British and American citizens, including some with no family ties to Somalia, are travelling to the country to fight alongside al-Shabab militants.

Britain's Royal United Services Institute, a military think tank, estimates about 200 foreigners have are active in the country.

David Cameron warned that Somalia's al Qaida linked militant group al-Shabab could export terrorism to Europe and the United States, with dozens of British and American citizens travelling to Somalia to train and fight with the Islamists.


From Belfast Telegraph