Malawi dentention of al Qaeda suspects

Lawyers are still attempting to see five men arrested in Malawi in connection with al Qaeda activities.

"Two of those arrested are Turkish, the others are from Saudi Arabia, Kenya and Sudan -- the supposed destination of a massive explosives cargo seized in the Mediterranean at the weekend.

"The detentions are the latest attempt to uproot the shadowy group in Africa. The United States and Britain have both warned of an imminent "terrorist" attack in nearby Kenya.

"U.S. security officials have been on the ground ahead of Bush's first visit to the continent early in July. He is not scheduled to visit Malawi or Kenya.

"Asked about the conditions of the group's detention, one senior Malawian government official told Reuters: 'This is not a human rights issue, this is a security issue.'"


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