British man freed without charge after Kenya mall attack

2013-09-30 13:14

London – Kenyan police have released a British man without charge after he was arrested in Nairobi following the attack on a shopping mall by Islamist militants, British sources have said.

“We can confirm that a British national has been released from custody in Nairobi,” a spokesperson for the Foreign Office said today.

A diplomatic source added: “As far as we’re aware, he’s free to go.”

British media reported that the man was aged 35 and of Somali origin. He was reportedly arrested while trying to fly out of Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport a week ago, as the siege continued.

He apparently attracted attention because of bruising to his face, his dark glasses and suspicious behaviour.

The four-day bloodbath at Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall, which Kenyan forces brought to an end last Tuesday, left at least 67 people dead, along with five attackers.

Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the attack.

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