Information leading to the capture or conviction of
Omar Shafik Hammami
Up to $5 Million Reward
Place of Birth : Alabama
Sex : Male
Height : 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight : 160 lbs
Hair : Brown
Eyes : Brown
Race : White
Nationality : American
Aliases : Abu Mansour al-Amriki, Farouk, Farouq
Passport : 403062567 (United States)
Omar Shafik Hammami, a.k.a. Abu Mansour al-Amriki or Farouk, is a United States citizen and former resident of Alabama. In 2006, Hammami moved to Somalia where he joined and received training from Islamist militants. In 2007, Hammami began serving as a propagandist for al-Shabaab, helping to recruit English-speaking youth through his writings, rap songs, and televised statements. He also served as a military leader for al-Shabaab, and he at one time led foreign fighters under Jehad Mostafa.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has designated Hammami pursuant to Executive Order 13536, for threatening the peace and stability of Somalia, and for acting for or on behalf of and providing material support to al-Shabaab. He was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists List on November 14, 2012, and is wanted in connection with terrorism violations including providing material support to terrorists. The United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama issued a federal warrant for Hammami's arrest on December 13, 2007.
Al-Shabaab was the militant wing of the Somali Council of Islamic Courts that took over most of southern Somalia in the second half of 2006. Al-Shabaab has continued its violent insurgency in southern and central Somalia. The group has claimed responsibility for many bombings—including various types of suicide attacks—in Mogadishu and in central and northern Somalia, typically targeting Somali Government officials and perceived allies of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia. Al-Shabaab was likely responsible for a wave of five coordinated suicide car bombings in October 2008 that simultaneously hit targets in two cities in northern Somalia, killing at least 26 people and injuring 29 others. Al-Shabaab was responsible for the twin suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda, on July 11, 2010, which killed more than 70 people, including one American. The group is responsible for the assassination of Somali peace activists, international aid workers, numerous civil society figures, and journalists. In February 2012, al-Shabaab and al-Qaida announced their formal alliance.
The U.S. Department of State named al-Shabaab a Foreign Terrorist Organization under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (as amended) on February 26, 2008, and a Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity under Executive Order 13224 on February 29, 2008.