MOMBASA, Kenya – Police have detained three more suspects in the coordinated attacks on Israelis in Kenya, including a man they say sold the four-wheel-drive vehicle used in a deadly hotel bombing.
In Washington, President Bush said he believes the Al Qaeda terror network was behind the attacks last week.
"I believe that Al Qaeda was involved in the African bombings in Kenya. I believe Al Qaeda hates freedom. I believe Al Qaeda will strike anywhere they can in order to disrupt a civil society and that's why we're on the hunt," Bush said Wednesday.
Two suspects taken into custody Wednesday were identified by witnesses as being near the Mombasa airport last week when a pair of surface-to-air missiles narrowly missed an Israeli charter flight -- minutes before the attack on the hotel.
The seller of the car, detained in Mombasa late Tuesday, told police he sold the Mitsubishi Pajero to "two Arab-looking young men," who traded in a Toyota Corolla sedan and paid about $1,025, Deputy Police Commissioner William Langat told The Associated Press.
None of the suspects were identified.
On Monday, Langat told a news conference that the vehicle used in the bombing had been purchased in 1991 by a foreigner working for a Christian charity. It apparently remained registered in that name, although the foreigner left Kenya in 1998.
The vehicle exploded outside the Paradise Hotel near Mombasa on Nov. 28. Ten Kenyans, three Israelis and at least two bombers died.
Langat said there was no information on a second four-wheel drive vehicle that was seen driving away from the spot near the airport where the missiles were fired -- 12 miles south of the hotel.
At least 10 other men, believed to be Pakistanis and Somalis, are being held for questioning by Kenyan police. Langat said their status was somewhere in between "suspects and not connected."
Ali Omar Haji Mohammed, the Somali owner of the fishing boat that brought the 10 suspects, including him, to Mombasa's port on Nov. 23, said among those detained were five Pakistanis he had hired in Karachi, where he bought the boat, and three Somalis.
He said that because the Pakistanis had no valid documents, he obtained papers for them in Somalia so they could make the trip to Mombasa to have the 50-foot vessel repaired.
Ali Omar said police have questioned him five times. On Tuesday, he said, two Americans went to his boat, moored in Mombasa's old port, asked him some questions and scraped blue paint from the hull and put it in a plastic bag.
U.S. officials have pointed to the Somali Islamic organization al-Itihaad al-Islamyia, a group said to have ties to Usama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network, as a probable participant in the attacks.