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Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:37 - Updated Mon, 18 Jan 2010 14:36

Somali MPs among 300 arrested in Kenya riot swoop

Khartoum

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Khartoum - Kenyan police have arrested 16 Somali MPs and other government  officials in a raid on suspected illegal migrants in the capital, Nairobi, officials say.

About 300 people were picked up in the raid in the Eastleigh district, home to a large ethnic  Somali population.

Prominent Kenyan Muslim leader Al-Amin Kimathi has also been arrested.

The raid follows violent clashes on Friday between police and groups protesting at plans to  deport a controversial Muslim cleric.

Kenyan Internal Security Minister George Saitoti has accused Somali militant Islamist group  al-Shabab of links to the clashes, which left at least five people dead.

Kenya has played host to many rounds of talks aimed at bringing peace to Somalia and many  Somali officials are based there.