‘American al-Shabab’ Disavows Militant Group, al-Qaida

An American citizen who joined the Somali militant group al-Shabab said he no longer is a member of that group or al-Qaida, although he still considers himself a terrorist.

Omar Hammami said in an interview with VOA’s Somali Service that he has broken ties with al-Shabab leader Moktar Abu Zubayr, who he says is now trying to kill him.

A senior State Department official, reacting to the news, noted that Hammami has been indicted by a federal grand jury. The official also said the U.S. …