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Death of US Jihadist in Somalia Shocks Family
The body of Jamal Ahmed Bana, 20, was displayed semi-naked with a bullet hole in his head in Mogadishu at the weekend after battles between al Shabaab insurgents and government forces backed by African Union (AU) troops.
Relatives in Minneapolis identified him from photos on the internet taken by Somali media.
The Somali government says foreign fighters are leading the Islamist insurgency, and there is increasing international concern at the influx of hundreds of jihadists into Somalia — from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Gulf region and western nations including the United States and Britain.
Some, like Bana, are immigrants of Somali origin.
Bana was fighting for al Shabaab when he was killed along with roughly 40 other rebels on Saturday, said his uncle, Omar Ahmed Sheikh.