Kenyan police arrest US citizen on terrorism suspicions

FILE/ Policeman at the scene of a crime.

Kenyan anti-terrorism police officers said Saturday they are interrogating a US citizen who was arrested as a terror suspect at a Nairobi shopping center.

The police said the suspect, identified as Ali Abdullahi Hussein, had approached a police officer on patrol at around 2:00am and wanted to seek information about a certain club.

“The orderly officer was reluctant to give out the information and the suspect was ready to offer him 180,000 shillings (about 1,606 U.S. dollars) but he declined,” the police said in a report.

The report said the police officer was baffled by the questions from the suspect, who posed as an ordinary civilian seeking general information.

The orderly officer on patrol later raised his colleagues who responded immediately and arrested the suspect.

The suspect, an American citizen, is currently being grilled by anti-terror detectives to establish his motive.