The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: I Have No Links With Al Qaeda - Sheikh Qatada

Controversial Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has once again defended himself against claims that he is linked to al-Qaeda.

Qatada was arrested and questioned by CID officers in Webuye on Monday and spent the night behind bars before being released on Tuesday without charges.

Speaking outside Masjid Noor in Bondeni on Wednesday, he accused CID, Anti-Terror Police Unit and NSIS of having a hidden agenda against him and several other Muslim clerics.

A report by David Goldma of Strategic Intelligence News posted on the internet on September 5, said that Qatada is leader of the Wahabi sect. That he is tasked with coordination of al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab activities in Mombasa.

The report further said that Qatada had been appointed as the new Masjid Mussa Imam in an appointment vetted by al -Qaeda. The same mosque where slain cleric Aboud Rogo used to preach.

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