U.S. Citizen Carries Out Suicide Bombing In Syria

Photo courtesy of CBS News.

Photo courtesy of CBS News.

CBS News – An American citizen linked to al Qaeda terrorists has carried out a suicide bombing in Syria, CBS News has learned.

The picture on radical Islamic websites shows a smiling bearded man holding a cat, but U.S. officials believe the man, who called himself Abu Hurayra al-Amriki is the first American suicide bomber to die fighting for al Qaeda in Syria.

Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra recently released a photo showing four jihadis. The fighter on the right, wearing a suicide vest, appears to be Abu Hurayra.

The terror group claims he was killed Sunday in an attack in northern Syria. An al Qaeda video released Monday shows a truck being loaded with bombs and a subsequent explosion at a government complex.

Al Qaeda had promised an attack from an American. Just last week, an English-speaking man with his face blurred called on his brothers to defend Islam.

U.S. officials say they have identified Abu Hurayra’s real name; it has not been released. But he was not alone. The FBI says several dozen Americans have gone to Syria to join the fighting.

3 comments

    • Sarah 1

      Not funny bonner. We have to ask ourselves what makes these people radicalize?
      Have you ever been to Syria? Nice people except for the radical crazies. They live normal lives just like all other countries, except extremists have taken over parts of the city. The people need to organize and fight back. Aleppo is a beautiful city and a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE sIte.

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