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  •  Omar Hammami reported dead in shoot out (8+ / 0-)

    AFP: American Islamist killed in Somalia: witnesses

    A US Islamist fighting in Somalia was killed Thursday in a shootout with Al-Qaeda linked Shebab militants, former comrades he had fallen out with, witnesses said.

    Alabama-born Omar Hammami -- better known as Al-Amriki or "the American" -- was one of the most prominent foreigners fighting in Somalia, and the US State Department had offered a $5-million (3.8-million-euro) bounty for his capture.

    "There was a gun battle between Amriki and his men and other fighters, the reports are that Amriki is among those killed," said Moalim Ali, a resident in Bardhere, a small settlement in southern Somalia.

    In Washington, US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said: "We've seen the reports that he was killed in Somalia. We're working to verify them right now."

    [...]

    Hammami, 29, moved to Somalia in 2006 and began to work for Shebab recruiting young trainees through his English-language rap songs and videos.

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