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UPDATED: 08:12, June 08, 2006
Kenya arrests Somali warlord following travel ban
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Kenyan authorities on Wednesday arrested a Somali warlord, barely a day after slapping a travel ban against the warlords who have been involved in vicious fighting in the Horn of Africa nation.

But officials said that Abdul Rashid Hussein Shiry, a member of the alliance of warlords fighting for power in Somalia fell short of being forcibly deported to Somalia with immigration authorities asking him to leave as soon as possible.

Shiry who was led out of the luxury hotel in Nairobi is the owner of the Mogadishu-based Shahafi hotel and his arrest came after the east African nation imposed a ban blocking Somali warlords from entering its territory.

Kenya, which chairs the seven-nation regional bloc, the Inter- Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) said it has imposed total ban on all forms of travel into Kenya by Somali warlords and their associates.

"The government of Kenya, has with immediate effect, imposed a total ban on all forms of travel into Kenya by Somalia warlords and their associates," said a statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

The east African nation said it would not allow its territory to be used by individuals who were destabilizing their country thus undermining ongoing efforts to restore normalcy in the lawless Horn of Africa nation.

"The government would like to reiterate its previously stated positions that it will not permit its territory to be used by those who persist in destabilizing Somalia and undermine our ongoing efforts to restore peace and security in that country," the ministry said.

On Monday, after months of fighting that has killed around 350 people, the Islamic militia claimed control of Mogadishu and a warlord militiaman said his coalition's leaders were fleeing the capital.

U.S. President George W. Bush on Tuesday expressed concern about the fall of most of Mogadishu to Islamist forces and said Washington would ensure Somalia does not become a haven for terrorists.

But experts say U.S. intelligence has produced no conclusive evidence of an active al-Qaeda presence in Somalia.

Somalia, a country with 10 million people, has had no effective central authority since 1991 when warlords overthrew military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The central government is based temporarily in the town of Baidoa and has been unable to control events in Mogadishu.

Source: Xinhua

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