An American-born man who became a jihadi militant in Somalia and on the FBI’s most wanted list was shot to death this week in an ambush reportedly ordered by the same Somali al-Qaeda militants he had joined.
Omar Hammami, a native of Daphne, Alabama, was the son of a Christian mother and a Syrian-born Muslim father. He reportedly had a falling out with the group’s leader and expressed fear for his life in a web video in March 2012.
Reached by phone in Alabama, Hammami’s father, Shafik, said today that he had been told of the reports but could not confirm them.
Shafik Hammami defended his son for fighting for his principles. Hammami’s mother, Debra, however, said she disagreed with her son’s jihadist ideology, but added: “I do love my son and I do have motherly love… If I could just touch him for five minutes, I would be thrilled.”
This article originally appeared in the Sept. 18 print edition.
Category: Africa Briefs