Ahhh, I love it when these people kill each other.
Omar Hammami — a rapping, tweeting jihadi from Daphne, Ala., who had a falling-out with Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab — was killed Thursday in an ambush ordered by the militant group’s leader, the Associated Press reported.
The militants said the ambush in Somalia’s southern Bay region followed several months of chasing Hammami after a falling-out with al-Shabab’s top leader.
Reports of Hammami’s death crop up often in Somalia, but a U.S. terrorism expert who closely follows al-Shabab said he thinks 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.
Hammami moved from Alabama to Somalia and joined al-Shabab in about 2006, fighting “alongside the al-Qaida-linked group for years while gaining fame for posting YouTube videos of jihadi rap songs,” AP said.
On March 20, the U.S. State Department announced that it was offering $5 million for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Hammami.
Hammami had a very public falling out with the militant group and first expressed fear for his life in a web video in March 2012, AP reported. This year, he took to Twitter to give a play-by-play describing his dangerous rift with al-Shabab.
“Just been shot in neck by shabab assassin. not critical yet,” Hammami tweeted April 25.
“[T]hey are sending forces from multiple directions. we are few but we might get back up. abu zubayr has gone mad. he’s starting a civil war,” he said the next day.
“After the failed assassination attempt i woke in the morning to hear that i was surrounded. We ran to a hole behind the house and waited,” Hammami tweeted April 29. “May not find another chance to tweet but just remember what we said and what we stood for. God kept me alive to deliver the mssg 2 the umah.”
Hammami has accused al-Shabab leaders of living extravagant lifestyles on the taxpayers’ dime. He has also complained that al-Shabab is concerned only about fighting in Somalia, when he thinks it should be taken globally.