MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP)-— An al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group says its American commander who was feared dead in early April is still alive.
Al-Shabab militants released a statement on their website Thursday saying Omar Hammami is in "areas under the control of Islam." The group denied he had been killed.
Hammami, an Alabama native, issued a video last month saying he feared his life was in danger because of disagreements he had with other militant leaders.
Al-Shabab's internal divisions are increasingly becoming public.
Hassan Dahir Aweys, one of al-Shabab's leaders, lashed out at the group's brutality against civilians two weeks ago.