According to media reports, among the perpetrators of the terror attack on the Nairobi mall are British and American nationals. The presence of Westerners among the members and supporters of the Somali jihad organization Al-Shabab Al-Mujahideen, which perpetrated the attack, is well known. MEMRI has reported on a number of Americans who fought in the organization's ranks, some of whom were killed while fighting in Somalia. The most prominent of the American Al-Shabab members was 'Omar Al-Hammami, aka Abu Mansour Al-Amriki, who apparently joined the group in 2006 and rose to become one of its top commanders, before having a falling-out with the group and reportedly being killed by Al-Shabab members in September 2013. MEMRI has also reported on Zachary Adam Chesser, a Virginian convert to Islam who is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the U.S. on terrorism-related charges, including a charge of aiding Al-Shabab.
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