News / Africa

American al-Shabab Member Buried, Witness Says

Omar Shafik Hammami, alias Abu Mansour al-Amriki, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Alabama, is seen in an undated FBI handout photo.  Omar Shafik Hammami, alias Abu Mansour al-Amriki, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Alabama, is seen in an undated FBI handout photo.
x
Omar Shafik Hammami, alias Abu Mansour al-Amriki, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Alabama, is seen in an undated FBI handout photo.
Omar Shafik Hammami, alias Abu Mansour al-Amriki, a U.S. citizen and former resident of Alabama, is seen in an undated FBI handout photo.
VOA News
A witness says the American Islamist militant reportedly killed in Somalia this week has been buried.

A resident of Bardhere, a town in southwest Somalia, said in an interview with VOA's Somali Service that the bodies of Omar Hammami and three others were brought to the town Thursday morning.

The resident, speaking on condition of anonymity, says the bodies were buried Thursday night in an unknown location on the outskirts of the town. 

Former militants told VOA that fighters with militant group al-Shabab killed Hammami and at least two others Thursday morning at a forest hideout 20 kilometers from Bardhere.

Hammami, also known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki, had recently broken ties with al-Shabab, several years after traveling to Somalia to fight with the group.

The U.S. government has charged Hammami with providing material support to al-Shabab and offered up to $5 million for information leading to his capture.

The State Department said Thursday that it is trying to learn more about Hammami's fate.

"We've seen the reports that he was killed in Somalia, we're working to verify them right now," said State Department spokesperson Marie Harf. "As many of you know, in 2006 Omar Hammami moved to Somalia with the intent to join al-Shabab. He's alleged to have made significant contributions to this terrorist organization's media and military activities."

The Bardhere resident who spoke to VOA said there were unmanned drones flying over the town Friday morning.

The FBI says that in 2007, after Ethiopian forces invaded Somalia, Hammami joined the front lines as a fighter and eventually became a leader in al-Shabab.   He also served as a propagandist for the group, helping to recruit English-speaking youth through writings, rap songs, and televised statements.

In an interview with VOA nine days before his death, Hammami said al-Shabab was trying to kill him.  He was also critical of al-Shabab leader Moktar Abu Zubayr, who he said cared only about seizing power in Somalia.

On Thursday, Hammami's father Shafik Hammami seemed forgiving of his son but had harsh words for al-Shabab.

"My own judgement is that he had good intentions to fulfill his Islamic principles but was deceived by the al-Shabab and their murderous ways," he said.

The father said he had spoken to U.S. authorities about his son but had not had contact with Hammami since he left for Somalia.

You May Like

For Lebanon-based Refugees, Desperation Fuels Perilous Passage

In a war that has caused an estimated three million people to flee Syria, efforts to make perilous sea journey in search of asylum expected to increase More

South African Brewer Tackles Climate Change

Mega-brewer SAB Miller sent delegates to climate summit in Peru, says it is one of many private companies taking their own steps to fight climate change More

Indonesia Reports Increase in Citizens Joining Islamic State

Officials say more than 350 of its citizens are now in Syria or Iraq to fight with Islamic State - 50 more than last month More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?i
X
Ayesha Tanzeem
December 17, 2014 11:54 AM
The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?

The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video Turkey's Authoritarianism Dismays Western Allies

The Turkish government has been defiant in the face of criticism at home and abroad for its raids targeting opposition media. The European Union on Monday expressed dismay after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Brussels for criticizing his government's action. Turkey's bid to be considered for EU membership has been on hold while critics accuse the NATO ally of increasingly authoritarian rule. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video US-China Year in Review: Hong Kong to Climate Change

The United States is pushing for a code of conduct to resolve territorial disputes in the South China Sea as it works to improve commercial ties with Beijing. VOA State Department correspondent Scott Stearns reports on a year of U.S. policy toward China from Hong Kong to climate change.
Video

Video Japanese Leader’s Election Win Raises Potential for Conflict with Neighbors

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his allies easily won a two-thirds majority in parliament Sunday, even though the country has slipped into recession under his conservative policies. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Seoul, that the prime minister’s victory will empower him to continue economic reforms but also pursue a nationalist agenda that will likely increase tensions with Japan’s neighbors.
Video

Video Nuba Mountain Families Hide in Caves to Escape Aerial Bombings

Despite ongoing peace talks between Sudan's government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North, or SPLM-N, daily aerial attacks continue in South Kordofan province’s Nuba Mountains. Adam Bailes was there and reports for VOA that government forces are targeting civilian areas, rather than military positions, with their daily bombardments.

All About America

AppleAndroid