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Somalian charged in Kenya over terrorism

Nairobi : A Somalian man has been charged by a Kenyan court over eight counts of terrorism and illegally residing in the country.

However, Ahmed Mohammed Abdullahi Aliads Arab, who was arrested on March 13 in Thika, about 30km east of Nairobi, denied all the charges, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

The court on Tuesday heard that he was in possession of an explosive substance, weighing approximately 614g.

He was also charged with committing an act intended to cause grievous harm and living illegally in Kenya.

The prosecution alleged that on November 22, 2014 by false pretense, he procured registration as a Kenyan citizen and was issued a Kenyan identity card.

He appeared before Magistrate Annah Ndungu and pleaded to be released on cash bail, but the application was rejected on grounds that his nationality was in doubt.

He will remain in custody till April 20.