Two British men have been arrested by Kenyan authorities after they tried to cross the border into Islamist-controlled Somalia.
The men, who are said to be from Cardiff in South Wales, were arrested along with a Kenyan man. Police in Kenya believe the men "had ulterior motives to be in northern Kenya and to go to Somalia". Frederick Mwangagi, police chief in Kiunga town said:
They were taken for questioning and although I was not present at the interrogation, I know that their answers were not satisfactory and we have arrested them and sent them to Mombasa
It is still unclear why the men wanted to cross the border but Kenya is fully aware of jihadist sympathisers wanting to join al-Shabaab, Somalia's Islamist rebels. The families of the two men have been informed of developments by the Foreign Office in London and South Wales police, reports the Telegraph UK.
The news comes as Al-Shabaab warns Kenya of reprisals if the crackdown on them in Somalia continues. Kenyan forces entered across the Somalian border last week hunting for al-Shabaab cells said to be behind a wave of kidnappings of Westerners in the last month. Tourism in Kenya, particularly near to the Somali border, has been drastically affected by dwindling numbers of westerners fearful they could be targeted by cross-border raids.
In one high profile case, Judith Tebbutt, a British tourist from Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire, was abducted at gun-point and her husband killed in one such raid, on September 11. It has been reported Mrs Tebbutt has since been sold to pirates for a sum of £200,000 ($350,000).