The Straits Times
Published on Nov 15, 2012

FBI adds US 'rapping jihadi' to terror wanted list


WASHINGTON (AFP) - The FBI said Wednesday it had added to its list of most wanted terrorists the American "rapping jihadi," an operative for Somalia's Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents who uses rap as a propaganda tool.

Omar Shafik Hammami, who was born in Alabama but is now thought to live in Somalia, is believed to be a senior leader of the Shebab rebels, who were placed on the US State Department's terror blacklist in 2008.

The group has "repeatedly threatened terrorist actions against America and American interests," the Federal Bureau of Investigations said in a statement.

Also known as Abu Mansour al-Amriki, Hammami has been releasing rap songs in English on the Internet since 2009 as a recruitment tool, although music is forbidden in Al-Qaeda's strict interpretation of Islam.