Pakistan court orders NC man held in jail

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Police say 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.

The extended detention of 20-year-old Jude Kenan of Raleigh, N.C., comes as America's top diplomat in the region, Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, praised Pakistan for its military offensive against militants in the lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

Kenan tried to enter the Mohmand tribal region a week ago. Authorities have not said whether they suspect him of contact with Taliban or al-Qaida militants. Kenan's family says he was in the country to visit his Pakistani father.

It was not immediately clear Monday if Boucher discussed Kenan's case during meetings with Pakistan's president and other officials.

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

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