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Rapping Jihadist And Briton 'Killed In Somalia'
Two Islamist militants - a Briton and a notorious American rapper - have been killed after falling out with their al Qaeda leaders in Somalia, say reports.
Osama al Britani, a British citizen of Pakistani origin and Omar Hammami, known as al Amriki, are said to have died in an early-morning attack near Mogadishu.
The pair were gunned down during an ambush after being on the run from the leaders of Somalia's al Qaeda-linked al Shabab organisation, for several months.
Al Amriki, originally from Alabama, was famed for posting rapping songs on YouTube - hoping to recruit young Islamist radicals.
He moved from the US to Somalia in 2006, ascending up the ranks of al Shabab.
He was eventually placed on America's Most Wanted terrorist list in March with a $5m (£3.16m) reward for information leading to his capture.
Little is known about Osama al Britani, though the Foreign Office said they were "aware of reports of the death of a British national in Somalia".
Al Amriki grew up in Daphne, Alabama, where friends said he was popular at school, quick-witted, charismatic and elected president of his school year.
Reports of al Amriki's death crop up every few months in Somalia, only for him to resurface alive and well a short while later.
However, a US terrorism expert who closely follows the inner workings of al Shabab, says he thinks that the current reports of the death are accurate.
"I think it's very likely true based on the sources I am seeing," said J.M. Berger, who runs the website Intelwire.com.
A member of al Shabab told The Associated Press that al Amriki was killed, with another man, in an ambush in Somalia's southern Bay region.
Al Amriki had a falling out with al Shabab and engaged in a long public fight with the group over the last year amid signs of increasing tension between Somali and foreign fighters in the group.
He first expressed fear for his life in a web video in March 2012 that publicised his rift with al Shabab.
He said he received another death threat earlier this year that was not carried out.
"Just been shot in neck by shabab assassin. not critical yet," al Amriki tweeted in April.
He later wrote on Twitter that the leader of al Shabab was sending in forces from multiple directions.
"We are few but we might get back up. abu zubayr has gone mad. he's starting a civil war," al Amriki posted.
Al Amriki has been a thorn in the side of al Shabab after accusing the group's leaders of living extravagant lifestyles with the taxes fighters collect from Somali residents.