Florida man named as Syrian suicide bomber
State Department names Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha as dead jihadist
Florida man named as Syrian suicide bomber Photo: REUTERS
By David Millward, US Correspondent2:47AM BST 31 May 2014
An American who travelled to fight in the Syrian civil war, has been identified by Washington as being responsible for a suicide bombing over the weekend.
Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha is understood to be the first US citizen confirmed to have taken part in a suicide attack on Syrian government forces.
His identity was verified by Jen Psaki, a State Department spokesman.
“The American citizen involved in the suicide bombing in Syria is believed to be Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha,” Mr Psaki said.
Raised in Florida Abu-Salha, who fought under the name of Abu Huraira al-Amriki, drove an explosive-laden lorry at Syrian troops at a mountaintop restaurant in the northern province of Idib.
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Abu-Salha, who was in his 20s, is understood to have spent two months at a training camp, run by the Nusra Front, having travelled to Syrian to fight in the civil war.
Photos had been circulating on social media showing a man in his 20s holding a cat, who was identified as the bomber.
The New York Times reported that the picture on a Facebook page belonging to Moner Abusalha – in which he said he liked basketball, American football and Eggo Waffles – appeared to match that of the bomber.
He is understood to have lived in Fort Pierce, about 130 miles north of Miami.
The confirmation of his identity will heighten concern about other young Americans could become radicalised as a result of joining the rebels who are are fighting to bring down the Assad regime.