An alleged al Qaeda operative has been detained in London after “crossing through the Olympic Park five times,” the Sunday Telegraph (UK) reports. The arrest comes as security has been tightened around the games in response to numerous reports that terrorists are targeting the festivities.
British authorities had prohibited the detained operative from visiting the Olympic Park because of his suspicious past, which reportedly includes a stint fighting for Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia. The man, whose full identity has not been disclosed, has been identified only as “CF” in the British press.
The Telegraph reports that he is “linked to a group of six British nationals who received terror training from al Qaeda leader Saleh Nabhan.”
Nabhan was killed in a Sept. 2009 raid by US forces. Prior to his demise, Nabhan was wanted by the US government for his role in al Qaeda’s 1998 embassy bombings, as well as the 2002 attacks in Mombasa, Kenya. In a video recorded in July 2008, Nabhan praised Osama bin Laden as “the courageous commander and my honorable leader.” The same video shows Nabhan training Shabaab recruits.