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Captured al-Shabab Fighter Claims to be American

An official in southern Somalia says authorities have captured an American who was a member of militant group al-Shabab. Hussein Mohamed Barre tells VOA's Somali Service the man surrendered to officials and African Union troops in the coastal town of Barawe, in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region. Town district commissioner Barre did not disclose the man's name, but said he declared himself to be a U.S. citizen. Barre said the man apparently escaped an assassination attempt...

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