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It appears that despite his concerns and reports by other news outlets about his death or execution, Omar Hammami, his wives and children are well.
A family member explained to Somalia Report, ”It is surprising how many media houses have falsely circulated that the Mujahid al-Amriki has been killed by his affiliates. It is shame for some media to report false news on him and that is a kind of prattle."
“I saw his wife and his son this morning and al-Amriki is well and even not under house arrest and he lives his life mostly in Marka. They are our neighbors and I see him every time moving around the city and it is not secret,” said the credible sources. No photographs, videos or recordings of Hammami were provided. "Sometimes it is normal for him to travel to Kismayo, Barawe, then back to his Home of Marka,” the source added.
Other information obtained by Somalia Report from sources in Lower Shabelle region indicates that the 27 year-old Alabama native who calls himself "al-Amriki" is not under full interrogation by other al-Shabaab leaders. It is not know whether he is targeted for assassination by US anti terrorism forces similar to other other Americans like Anwar Awlaki and an American publisher who was killed in Yemen by a drone strike but had not officially taken up arms or engaged in attacks against Americans.
Hammami has created videos and tried to recruit foreigners to come to Somalia to fight against foreign elements. Despite his rap attempts to welcome death by "cruise missile" he posted a quite uncharacteristically cowardly video in Arabic and English in which he expressed his fear about al-Shabaab elements potentially plotting to kill him. Supposedly to communicate to arabic speaking al-Qaeda mentors.
Hammami was reported killed by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Mogadishu last year but this was determined to be mistaken identification of a dead al-Shabaab fighter.
There have been rumors and evidence of internal disagreements within al Shabaab with increased pressure on leaders to find refuge as pressure builds on their safe enclaves in the south.
Somalia Report also confirmed that several other al-Shabaab leaders like Sheikh Fu’ad Mohamed Khalaf (known as Shangole) are in southern Somalia as many others Somali news websites reported that most leaders fled to Bari region, especially the Galgala Mountains. Somalia Report has learned that Sheikh Hasan Dahir Aweys is currently in Eritrea negotiating a deal and Mansur Robow is currently negotiating with elements in the UAE where his family is living safely. Sheikh Abdulkadir Mumin is one of the prominent al-Shabaab sheikhs or clerics who reached Bari region especially Galgala and Golis hills.