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Saturday, 30 November, 2002, 15:36 GMT
Pakistan angered by Kenyan arrests
Kenyans listen to a memorial service at the site of the bomb in Mombasa
Kenyans attend a service at the site of the attack
The Pakistani High Commissioner in Kenya has cast doubt on Kenyan authorities claims to have arrested six Pakistani men, saying Kenyan authorities have refused to allow their identities to be verified.

High Commissioner, Hamid Asghar Quidvai, told the BBC the men, arrested in connection with Thursday's suicide attacks on Israeli targets, may not be from Pakistan at all.


Pakistanis are being labelled without proper verification

Hamid Asghar Quidvai

Mr Quidvai expressed doubts over the nationality of the men after Kenyan authorities said their documents were issued in the Somali capital Mogadishu - where there has been no Pakistani high commission for 10 years.

And he accused Kenyan authorities of breaching the Geneva Convention by not allowing Pakistani officials access to the arrested men in order to confirm their identity.

Labelled

Kenyan authorities investigating the attacks on Israeli targets in the city of Mombasa say they have detained six Pakistanis and four Somalis. An American and a Spaniard were released after being questioned.

But Mr Quidvai said: "Pakistanis are being labelled without proper verification."

He said they had not been allowed to see the arrested men and had not been informed of their whereabouts.

Kenyan soldier outside bombed hotel
Pakistan says Kenya may be preventing access to the held men
Kenyan authorities said on Saturday no link had been found so far between al-Qaeda and the people held in connection with Thursday's attacks.

Mr Quidvai said he was taking the matter very seriously and that Islamabad would be registering a formal complaint.

Connection

All the arrested men had arrived in Mombasa in a small boat two or three days before the attacks in the city, according to Kenyan officials.

However, Kenyan lead investigator, William Lang'at said: "These people are either connected directly or remotely. Some may not be connected at all."

There has so far been no Kenyan reaction to US allegations that a Somali Islamist movement called Al-Ittihad al-Islamiya (AIAI).

In its 2001 report on Global Terrorism, the US State Department defined Al-Itihad as Somalia's largest militant Islamic organisation, which rose to power in the early 1990s.


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