His death, however, has been reported multiple times before. A U.S. terrorism expert who studies al-Shabaab told the AP that he believes the current reports of his death are accurate.
“I think it’s very likely true based on the sources I am seeing,” said J.M. Berger, who runs Intelwire.com.
The U.S. government offered a $5 million reward for information that would lead to his capture.
A militant said members of al-Shabaab killed Hammami in an ambush in Somalia’s southern Bay region, according to the AP.
Hammami moved from Alabama to Africa around 2006 to join the terrorist group. In March, 2012, he said he feared for his life in a video posted on the Internet.