NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia's prime minister is expressing concern over the detention of what he says are law-abiding Somalis in Kenya, where police are conducting a security crackdown aimed at stopping terrorist attacks.
Kenyan police have arrested thousands of people, most of them ethnic Somalis, following a wave of violent attacks blamed on the Somali militant group al-Shabab. The security operation has been strongly criticized by rights groups who say authorities are profiling Somalis and detaining them without trial.
Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed said Monday the operation led to the arrest of Somalia's consular officer in Kenya, Siyad Mohamud Shire, violating his diplomatic immunity. Ahmed says most Somalis in Kenya are peaceful.
Al-Shabab has vowed to carry out attacks on Kenyan soil to avenge the presence of Kenyan troops in Somalia.