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American Jihadi Livetweets Assassination Attempt

Omar Hammami’s latest.

Farah Abdi Warsameh, File / AP

WASHINGTON — Alabama native and former Al-Shabaab jihadi Omar Hammami livetweeted an alleged attempt on his life on Thursday by one of his former fellow fighters.

Hammami, also known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, is an American who moved to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab, a militant group there, and achieved a level of Internet fame for his jihadi raps.

He had a falling-out with Shabaab and has since been engaged in a war of words with them over the Internet. He has accused Shabaab of plotting to kill him.

He is a frequent Twitter user and has a following mostly of national security experts and journalists, whom he sometimes interacts with. Hammami is currently living in an undisclosed location in Somalia.


just been shot in neck by shabab assassin. not critical yet— abu m


sitting in tea place then 3 shots behind to left. pistol i think. they ran— abu m


@jarret_brachman cheaper than a drone, but expensive on shabab’s credibility. the shooter’s been i.d.’ed as known shabab assassin— abu m

@vijaygkg @jarret_brachman No windpipe or artery. peroxide, gauze, and pressure. a perimeter has been made

— abu m (@abumamerican)

@vijaygkg @jarret_brachman No windpipe or artery. peroxide, gauze, and pressure. a perimeter has been made— abu m

Update: Hammami tweeted some photos later on Thursday, seemingly as proof that the attack happened:

So this means that my albums might be better sellers now?

— abu m (@abumamerican)

So this means that my albums might be better sellers now?— abu m

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