Members of an alleged London cell of the al-Shabab terrorist group,behind the recent shopping mall siege in Konya,have secretly been stripped of British citizenship.
At least four men with links to the group behind the Nairobi massacre have had their British passports removed by UK Home Secretary Theresa May on national security grounds.
Those stripped of British citizenship rights include Bilal al-Berjawi,who first travelled to Somalia in 2007 and rose up the ranks to become briefly Shababs second-in-command.
His neighbour in west London and a childhood friend was Mohamed Sakr,who also joined Shabab. Last year they were killed in US drone strikes in Somalia. A third friend,Walla Rahman,31,has been linked to bombings claimed by Shabab in Kampala in July 2010. Rahmans father,Ismat,told The Sunday Times that his son had also been stripped of his British citizenship. He denied that Rahman had joined Shabab.
The fourth Londoner is Somalia-born Mahdi Hashi. He is accused of being a member of an elite al Shabab suicide bombing unit.