Was Hammami killed in Somalia on April 4, 2012?

A friend (@trethomasiii) just emailed me and said that the Somali news outlet Gedoonline.com is reporting that Omar Shafik Hammami (Abu Mansoor al-Amriki) was executed on April 4, 2012 in Somalia.

Here’s the link to the article: http://gedoonline.com/?p=36849.  This is an unconfirmed single source report and I know nothing about the news outlet. But if anyone sees another source or hears discussion on jihadi forums (jihadica.com and jihadology.com), please forward along.  I’m obviously curious after my last few posts (here, here, here, and here) and will be fascinated to see who brought Hammami’s demise, if we ever find out.

Stay tuned!

Update: 10:26

I just got another update by Twitter from @trethomasiii, essentially noting the same story:


I’ll post any other links as I get them, and please post any details you might here in the comments section below and I’ll continue to update the post.

Update: 1700, 13 April

Got a brief rumor via email that a different media outlet www.warqaad.com is reporting a similar story of Hammami’s demise.  I’m trying to track down the link now.  I believe there are some small differences in the story, but the same result: Hammami killed by Shabaab.  More to follow on this.

Of more interest, @intelwire and another Somalia enthusiast sent me an interesting set of tweets today about Hammami.  A Tweep supposedly from East Africa, initially claimed Hammami was doing fine, noting it would be crazy for Shabaab to kill him. He later recanted saying he was told by Shabaab to stop talking about Hammami as it is a “sensitive issue”.  Sounds fishy to me, More to follow!

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