Picture of Safia Benaouda and her mother

Teen Says Americans Directed Capture

A Swedish teenager who was imprisoned for weeks with alleged terror suspects in Ethiopia said in a newspaper interview that Americans in military uniform directed the Kenyan soldiers who took her into custody on the Somali-Kenyan border.

The statements by 17-year-old Safia Benaouda were the first to describe a broader U.S. role in the detentions.

Other detainees have said they were taken into custody by Kenyans and transferred to Ethiopia, a U.S. counterterrorism ally.

The young woman said three men in U.S. uniforms led the Kenyan troops who detained her and other women and children fleeing Somalia on January 18th. She told the newspaper ”Svenska Dagbladet”:

”After the American soldiers had detained” them ”they kept in the background, but it was very clear that they were the ones in charge,”

The 17 year old who was freed from an Ethiopian prison March 27.

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