NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An anti-terrorism police official in Kenya says one of the suspects who killed a British soldier on a London street in a savage attack was arrested in November 2010 near the East African country’s border with Somalia.
Anti-terrorism unit head Boniface Mwaniki said Sunday that Michael Adebolajo was believed to have been preparing to train and fight with the al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab. He said Adebolajo was arrested with five others, and later deported.
Adebolajo was identified by hard-line Muslim leaders as one of two suspects in the killing of British soldier Lee Rigby this week.
Mwaniki also denied accusations that Adebolajo had been abused while in custody in Kenya.
Rights groups say Kenya often deports foreigners they suspect of involvement with terrorism, even without legal proof.