Tanzania says arrests Briton wanted by UK on terror charges

DAR ES SALAAM Sat Jul 6, 2013 10:21am BST

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DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania has arrested a British man suspected of involvement in unspecified "terrorism activities" in Britain, police in the east African country said.

Iqbal Ahsan Ali was arrested in Tanzania's southern Mbeya region after being found in possession of both British and Tanzanian passports, which is a crime in Tanzania as it forbids dual citizenship, police said.

"We have been in contact with our counterparts in the UK and they have confirmed that the suspect is wanted in their country for involvement in terrorism activities," Robert Manumba, director of criminal investigations, said in a statement on Friday.

Manumba did not give further details of what Ali was sought for in Britain. British diplomats in Tanzania made no immediate comment.

Several people have been arrested on terrorism charges in Tanzania since bombings killed at least eight people in May and June.

Authorities in Tanzania, one of the region's most stable countries, are concerned at the growth of an Islamist movement accused of indirect links to Somalia's al Shabaab rebels.

Police said they had verified Ali's British passport as being authentic. They said the Tanzanian passport he was carrying was a fake.

(Reporting by Fumbuka Ng'wanakilala; Editing by Matthew Tostevin)

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Comments (4)
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
The quality of trash that gets UK citizenship (and passports) these days is appaling!

Revoke the passport and return to sender.

Jul 06, 2013 12:43pm BST  --  Report as abuse
Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Says it all, global terrorists acquiring UK citizenship in order to be granted a degree of diplomatic and legal protection.

Ashaming for the ‘British’ identity!

Jul 06, 2013 12:53pm BST  --  Report as abuse
wattypop wrote:
This is the farce of multicultural policies in Great Britain. Iqbal Ahsan Ali was never a citizen of the Britain but an obvious imposter. Until we create a policy that defines clearly what being British is, combined with a clear vetting system for all those wanting to be a member of our great nation, we will continue to harbour our enemies in our own back yard. When I consider the noble bravery of those who have paid the ultimate price for the principles of Christian freedom that once made Britain great, I hear the word ‘shame’ concerning our present lily livered leaders. It is time to stand up against all falsehood and be brave once again.

Jul 06, 2013 5:41pm BST  --  Report as abuse
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