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6 Pakistanis held for attacks in Kenya

Kikambala (Kenya) November 30
Six Pakistanis and three Somalis were among 12 persons held in Kenya in connection with anti-Israeli attacks that left 16 persons dead near Mombasa, the police said.

Kenyan police spokesman Kingíori Mwangi said those in custody included a US national, a Spaniard and a Kenyan.

Outspoken Kenyan Muslim preacher Sheikh Ali Shee rejected intelligence claims linking him to the attacks.

A Kenyan police spokesman said nine of those detained were picked up from two boats intercepted at sea apparently trying to leave Mombasa.

A hotel in the Indian Ocean resort was devastated Thursday morning when a bomb-packed vehicle rammed into its reception area.

Minutes later, two missiles were fired at a charter plane of Israelís Arkia airlines with 261 passengers aboard as it took off from the airport. Both narrowly missed their target.

Kenyan investigators, joined by Israeli and US colleagues, pursued leads into the attacks amid growing suspicion that these may have been carried out by Osama bin Ladenís Al-Qaida network, blamed for a bomb attack on the US embassy in Nairobi in 1998.

Meanwhile, the Israeli authorities sealed off the blackened shell of the hotel hit by the car bomb attack. Also, Israeli officials collected debris including launchers and two missile casings from the site where the two missiles were launched. AFP, AP

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