U.S.: Jihadi featured in suicide bombing video in Syria grew up in Florida
WASHINGTON (CNN) — A radical Islamist fighter who carried out a suicide bombing in Syria was a U.S. citizen, two U.S. government officials told CNN late Thursday.
The man identified as Abu Hurayra Al-Amriki in videos on YouTube, which showed the blast, grew up and went to school in Florida, the officials said.
Neither official would disclose the bomber’s real name. Investigators are interviewing family members.
The bomber is among a group of Americans that the FBI, the CIA and others have been trying to keep tabs on since they went to Syria some months ago to join extremists in the fight against the Syrian government.
By Evan Perez