Terrorist Omar Hammami Reported Dead, Father Speaks

Terrorist Omar Hammami Reported Dead, Father Speaks

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. The photo was taken a few months ago after he was wounded . The photo was taken a few months ago after he was wounded
Omar Hammami's high school photo. He attended Daphne High School. Omar Hammami's high school photo. He attended Daphne High School.
MOBILE, Ala. -

The latest photo of Daphne native and suspected terrorist Omar Hammami shows a trace of blood on his neck. The photo was taken a few months ago after he was wounded.

Photos and videos show his involvement with the terrorist group Al-Shabbab, which is linked to Al-Qaeda.

But in Hammami's high school photo - a much different side.

He attended Daphne High School and the University of South Alabama before moving to Somalia.

Now, recent reports claim Hammami is dead - saying he was gunned down in an ambush in Somalia's southern bay region.

I spoke with his father Shafik Hammami via telephone.

"I have no way of contacting him. I have not spoken to him since 2006," he said.

He says he found out about the possible death of his son through media reports - and if the news is true, he believes his death was God's will.

"You know I'm a muslim and in my state, we believe in the preordain time of death. Regardless if you are in battle, if you are lying in your bed. So if that's true, if he's dead, I hope that he is excepted by Allah as a martyr, because he stood for a principle, and he died for his principle," said Hammami.

Shafik Hammami runs a local mosque, and has distanced himself from his son. I asked about the differences he and his son have when it comes to their Muslim faith.

"The only difference is how people interpret different things as they wish. What I'd like people to know is that my son was a person of principle, he was a person of principle and he stood for his principle and died for his principle," he said.

If the reports are true, Hammami leaves behind three wives and five children. He's one of the highest-profile members of Al-Shabaab with a 5 million dollar reward for his capture.

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