by Burke Speaker | September 13, 2013 9:25 am
Alabama-born Omar Hammami — the jihadist who left the U.S. to help fight a war against the country — has been confirmed dead, shot to death in a gun battle in Somalia on Thursday.
The man known as the American jihadist was reportedly killed by members of his former terrorist group.
The U.S. government had a $5 million bounty for the 29-year-old’s capture, as he was a member of al Qaeda-linked group al-Shabaab. In 2011, he left the terrorist group due to disagreements with the group’s leader.
Since then he’s had a bounty on his head by his former terrorist group.
According to Reuters, villagers in southern Somalia confirmed his death.
“This morning al-Amriki and his comrades were attacked by well armed fighters,” Hussein Nur told the news agency. “After a brief fight al-Amriki and his two colleagues were killed. Several of their guards escaped.”
Hammami’s father, Shafik Hammami of Daphne, Alabama, told Reuters he learned of his son’s death when he woke up to read the news online. Speaking softly, he said his love for his son was unconditional and hoped he was still alive.
…Hammami, who was on Washington’s Most Wanted Terrorist list, swiftly gained influence among rebel foreign jihadists fighting to topple a government seen as a Western puppet.
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