WASHINGTON — Somalian Islamist militants ended up fighting between each other and it resulted in the death of a top U.S.-born Islamist militant.
Reuters reported that Omar Hammami, who was born in Alabama, was killed in a dawn raid on his hideout.
His nickname was Abu Mansoor al-Amriki, or “the American” among locals. He was killed with a British national name Usama al-Britani (which could also be another common nickname).
Hammami was on America’s most-wanted terrorist list as he was a top leader within the Somalian al-Qaeda branch al-Shabab. But, the militant terrorist group has suffered significant losses in their recent war with African Union (AU) forces sent to stabilize Somalia. Neighboring Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania have pushed the AU to intervene in Somalia for fear of al-Shabab invading their borders.
Now al-Shabab has staggered as their revenues and territory have shrunk, and Hammami’s death signaled a rift and frustration among Islamist militants.