Costa Rica detains Somali with alleged terrorism links


Fri Mar 24, 2017

A Somali citizen is detained by Costa Rica police after he entered the country from neighboring Panama, in San Jose, Costa Rica, March 23, 2017, in this handout photo provided by the Ministry of Public Security. Costa Rica Ministry of Security/Handout via REUTERS

Costa Rica detained a Somali citizen suspected of “international terrorism” after he entered the Central American country from neighbouring Panama, Costa Rica’s security ministry said on Thursday.

U.S. authorities “confirmed that the person is allegedly linked to international terrorist organizations and sought his immediate detention to begin investigating the case,” the ministry said in a statement.

Costa Rican authorities identified the suspect as a 25-year-old with the last names Ibrahim Qoordheen, who entered the country on Monday through the border town of Paso Canoas, 358 kilometers (222 miles) south of the capital.

After consulting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Costa Rican officials on Wednesday arrested the individual, who had been transferred to a migrant shelter.

He is currently in police custody in the capital city of San Jose awaiting interrogation by ICE officials who are currently in Panama and while his immigration status is being defined, the ministry said.

(Reporting by Enrique Andres Pretel; Editing by Alden Bentley, Bernard Orr)

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