Somali forces arrest American fighting with Islamic rebels

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Posted: Dec 07, 2015 3:41 PM

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — An African Union official says Somalia's security forces have arrested an American who was fighting with the Islamic extremist al-Shabab group.

African Union spokesman Col. Paul Njuguna confirmed the arrest Monday of Abdimalik Jones, who said he is from San Diego.

Njuguna said the American was arrested in the southern port of Barawe, 10 miles (180 kilometers) southwest of Mogadishu.

An official with Somali security forces who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press said Jones claimed he fled al-Shabab because of rifts within the rebel group.

The arrest of the American comes amid signs of increasing tensions within al-Shabab between Somali and foreign fighters and over whether the insurgents should stay aligned with al-Qaida or should switch allegiance to the Islamic State group.