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    Canadian passport holders among Somalia prisoners: report Associated Press Jan 9, 2007
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      Canadian passport holders among Somalia prisoners: report
      Associated Press
      Jan 9, 2007
      http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070109.wsomalia0109/BNStory/Front


      Paris — Ethiopia's prime minister said in an interview published
      Tuesday that suspected terrorists from Canada, Britain, Pakistan and
      elsewhere have been among those taken prisoner or killed in the
      military operations in Somalia.

      Prime Minister Meles Zenawi was quoted by French newspaper Le Monde as
      saying that he didn't know the exact number of prisoners in Somalia
      "because it changes constantly."

      "But many international terrorists are dead in Somalia," Mr. Meles was
      quoted as saying. "Photographs have been taken and passports from
      different countries have been collected. The Kenyans are holding
      Eritrean and Canadian passport holders. We have injured people coming
      from Yemen, Pakistan, Sudan, the United Kingdom."

      A spokeswoman at the British Foreign office said it could not confirm
      reports that British passport holders have been involved in the
      fighting in Somalia. But she said her government was in touch with
      Somali and Ethiopian authorities and would continue to look into such
      reports.

      The spokeswoman spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with
      Foreign Office policy.

      Ethiopia forces invaded Somalia last month to prevent an Islamic
      movement from ousting the weak, internationally recognized government
      from its lone stronghold in the west of the country.

      The U.S. and Ethiopia both accuse the Islamic group of harbouring
      extremists, among them al-Qaeda suspects.

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