ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A Pakistani court has ordered an American detained for two more weeks after he was accused of trying to enter a militant stronghold near the Afghan border, police said Monday.
The extended detention of 20-year-old Jude Kenan (Jude Kenan Mohammad) of Raleigh, North Carolina comes as America's top diplomat in the region, Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, praised Pakistan for its military offensive against Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in the lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
Some U.S. officials doubt that Islamabad is willing or able to take on the militants and criticized earlier army operations that ended in short-lived peace deals they say gave the extremists time to regroup.
But Boucher said he was encouraged by what he was seeing in the border region of Bajur, where troops launched a major offensive in August that officials claim has killed 1,000 militants.
"I think it is good Pakistan is taking serious military action against the terrorists," Boucher told reporters after three days of meetings with Pakistani leaders, including the president. In another tribal region, police said a 30-year-old Afghan national was found dead with a note accusing him of spying for U. S. forces. Police official Jannat Mir said the man, whose body was found in the North Waziristan region, had been shot in the head and both of his arms chopped off.
Related Stories; Mum of American, Jude Kenan Mohammad, arrested in Pakistan says it's a misunderstanding. North Carolina (US), Oct.15 : The mother of a 20-year-old American college student, Jude Kenan Mohammad, detained by Pakistani officials in the tribal region along the Afghanistan border, told FOX News that her son's incarceration is a case of "misunderstanding."
The North Carolina woman, who identified herself as the mother of Jude Kenan Mohammad, said that she recently contacted her son."I'm OK and he's OK. I don't understand. There must be a misunderstanding because my son is just fine. I'd rather not talk about it," she said. What radical jihad website located in Charlotte North Carolina could have provoked Jude Kenan Mohammad to make the trip to North Waziristan ? Pro Al-Qaeda Web site Run by a Charlotte Man Samir Khan, as per Cyber Vigilantes Track Extremist Web Sites Bill Warner
FROM WAKE COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA. DISTRICT COURT DIVISION
COURT DATE: 09/22/08FILE NUMBER ......08CR 730106
JUDE KENAN MOHAMMAD......
SHP APT....EARLE PURSER (T)
COMPLAINANT....SPEEDING 105 mph in a 55 mph
PLEA: .....VER: 22E9188
JUDE KENAN MOHAMMAD
COMPLAINT...RECKLESS DRIVINGG-WANTON DISREGARD
FILE NUMBER...08CR 724114 65.
A U.S. official confirmed to FOX News that the name of the 20-year-old being held in Pakistan is Jude Kenan Mohammad, not Juddi Kenan, as previously reported, the American detainee, tried to enter the Mohmand tribal region a week ago. Authorities have not said whether they suspect him of contact with Taliban or Al Qaeda militants. Kenan's family says he was in the country to visit his Pakistani father.
It was not immediately clear if Boucher discussed Kenan's case during meetings with Pakistan's president and other officials. Militants in the tribal regions have put up strong resistance to the Pakistan military offensive and have stepped up suicide attacks around the country, including last month's blast at the Marriott hotel in Islamabad that killed 54 people.
Could information on the radical jihad website, that just happens to be based in Charlotte North Carolina and run by Samir Khan, (see website click here), have influenced Jude Kenan Mohammad to travel to North Waziristan.