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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Somalia : British and American Islamists killed by Al Shabaab

(Medeshi) -A British Islamist has been killed in Somalia after falling out with the al-Shabaab terror group, it has been reported.

Al Amriki

The man known as Osama al-Britani, a UK citizen of Pakistani origin, was killed alongside Omar Hammami, an American also known as al-Amriki, in an early morning attack in a village near the capital, Mogadishu.

The two men were reported to have been in hiding after breaking away from al-Shabaab, a militant group linked to al-Qaeda, earlier this year.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: We are aware of reports of the death of a British national in Somalia and are looking into this.’

Al-Amriki was among the most prominent foreign militants fighting in Somalia.

He has been on the FBI’s list of most-wanted terrorists since November last year and is known for recording jihadist raps which he posted on YouTube.

BBC News said it was told that he and al-Britani were overpowered in the attack by al-Shabaab on a village near the town of Dinsor.

Their deaths were said to have been confirmed by local residents and a senior source in al-Shabaab.

There have been a number of previous reports of al-Amriki’s death since he fell out with the top al-Shabaab commander, Ahmed Abdi Godane.

However, earlier this month he surfaced in an interview with Voice of America’s Somali Service in which he denounced Godane as a dictator and said that he had finished with al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda.
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