American-born jihadi Omar Hammami was almost killed in Somalia yesterday.
Hammami, 28, is on America’s most-wanted terrorist list. The Alabama native moved to Somalia in 2006 to join forces with the Al-Qaeda-linked group al Shabab. But Hammami had a falling out with al-Shabab in 2012 after he criticized the group’s leadership of living extravagantly off of collected tax money from Somalian citizens.
Al-Shabab and Hammami have been at odds ever since, and the conflict came to a climax on Thursday. Al-Shabab fighters attacked Hammami in a tea shop in what he described as an assassination attempt. Hammami posted four pictures on Twitter, one shows a bloody gash on his neck and another shows a blood-soaked t-shirt.
“Just been shot in neck by shabab assassin. not critical yet," he said. “We are few but we might get back up. abu zubayr has gone mad. he's starting a civil war.”
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Hammami seemingly has enemies wherever he goes. Al-Shabab scorned Hammami publicly and tried to kill him yesterday, meanwhile the U.S. has a $5 million dollar reward for anyone who provides information leading to his arrest.
Hammami is one of the two most famous Americans in jihad groups, the other being former Osama Bin Laden spokesman Adam Gadahn. Hammami gained notoriety after he began posting jihadi rap songs on YouTube. He is also a savvy internet user. Surprisingly, Hammami regularly chats on Twitter with several American terrorism experts.
After Hammami publicized the assassination attempt, one of his Twitter followers, a Canadian anti-terrorism expert, wrote the Hammami had nine lives. The American-born Hamammi responded by referencing the movie The Blues Brothers. “’I’m on a mission from God.’ minus the blues music,’” he wrote.
Terrorism expert Clint Watts recently wrote that Hammami should fear for his life, citing increasing tension between al-Shabab and foreign fighters like Hammami. Watts added that the tensions may soon result in a war within the group.
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"If there is going to be a war inside Shabaab, I'm guessing it will happen soon," he said.
Source: New York Post