Court orders American held in jail

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani court is keeping a North Carolina man in custody for at least two more weeks.

Jude Kenan is accused of trying to enter a militant stronghold near the Afghan border a week ago. Authorities have not said whether they suspect the 20-year-old of being in contact with Taliban or al-Qaida militants.

Kenan's family says he's been traveling to visit his Pakistani father.

The news of the American's extended detention comes as Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher is in the region. He's been been praising Pakistan's military offensive against al-Qaida and Taliban militants in the regions bordering Afghanistan.

It's not clear if Boucher has discussed Kenan's case with Pakistani officials.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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