MOGADISHU, Somalia — A rapping jihadi from Alabama who ascended the ranks of Somalia's al-Qaida-linked militant group and was on the FBI's Most Wanted list with a $5 million reward for his capture was killed Thursday in an ambush ordered by the militant group's leader, militants said.
Omar Hammami, a native of Daphne, Ala., who was known as Abu Mansoor Al-Amriki, or "the American," died in southern Somalia after several months on the run after a falling-out with al-Shabab's top leader, the militants said.
Reports of Hammami's death crop up every few months in Somalia, only for him to resurface a short while later. But a U.S. terrorism expert who closely follows the inner workings of al-Shabab says he thinks that the current reports of the death are accurate.
"I think it's very likely true, based on the sources I am seeing," said J.M. Berger, who runs the website Intelwire.com.
Militants did not immediately present proof of Hammami's death.