For the first time in the bloody civil war tearing the country apart, an American citizen carried out a suicide bombing in Syria.
American law enforcement and counterterrorism officials confirmed the report to NBC News on Wednesday.
The first reports of the incident came on Tuesday from the al-Nusra Front’s Twitter page, which referred to “Abu Hurayra al-Amriki,” or Abu Hurayra the American. “Abu Hurayra al-Amriki performed a martyrdowm operation in Idlib, Jabal al-Arba’een. May Allah accept him,” the al-Qaeda linked group tweeted out.
Photos from the group show the young man wearing a suicide vest and sitting on the ground. Another tweet shows a smiling, bearded young man holding a kitten.