Somalia militant group publicly rebukes American member for obstinacy, ‘pursuit of fame’

Posted Date: Monday, December 17, 2012

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, December 17, 8:24 AM NAIROBI, Kenya — Militants in Somalia are publicly rebuking their best known American fighter. Al-Shabab posted a statement Monday scolding Omar Shafik Hammami, formerly of Daphne, Alabama. Hammami, who is also known as Abu Mansur al-Amriki, said publicly earlier this year that he fears members of al-Shabab may kill him over differences of opinion. The new al-Shabab statement says Hammami’s video releases are the result of personal grievances that stem from a “narcissistic pursuit of fame.” The statement said al-Shabab has been speaking to Hammami in private but that those efforts have been “fruitless.” The statement said al-Shabab was morally obligated to out his “obstinacy.” The statement was posted on a Twitter feed used by a member of al-Shabab. The FBI placed Hammami on its most wanted terrorist list last month. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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