Hammami, who had a $5 million U.S. government bounty on his head, was a member of al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group al-Shabaab until 2011, when he had a falling out with the group's leader over what Hammami saw as the group's corruption. Since then, he's been the subject of several assassination attempts, including last April's. But on Thursday, members of his former group finally caught up with Hammami, who was also known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki or "the American.”
A member of al-Shabab who gave his name as Sheik Abu Mohammed told The Associated Press that Hammami was killed in an ambush in Somalia's southern Bay region. Mohammed said some of his associates carried out the killing.
Reuters spoke with a villager in al Baate village in southern Somalia who confirmed the 29-year-old's death. "This morning al-Amriki and his comrades were attacked by well armed fighters," village resident Hussein Nur said. "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.
"I read on the Web that the FBI has not confirmed it yet, so I am hoping and praying it is not true," Shafik Hammami said, adding he has not seen or talked to his son since Omar left for Somalia in 2006.
In addition to being described as “the most prominent American Jihadi alive,” Hammami was known for his Twitter account as well as his bizarre pro-Jihadist "rap" songs, like “Make Jihad With Me” and "Send Me a Cruise (missile).”
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