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American blows himself up for al-Qaida in Syria, US says

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Abu Hurayra al-Amriki is the first American suicide bomber to die fighting for al-Qaida in Syria, the U.S. believes. (Source: CBS) Abu Hurayra al-Amriki is the first American suicide bomber to die fighting for al-Qaida in Syria, the U.S. believes. (Source: CBS)

WASHINGTON, DC (CBS) - A picture on radical Islamic websites shows a smiling bearded man holding a cat. But, U.S. officials believe the man who called himself Abu Hurayra al-Amriki is the first American suicide bomber to die fighting for al-Qaida in Syria.

Al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra recently released a photo showing four jihadis. The fighter on the right, wearing a suicide vest, appears to be Abu Hurayra.

The terror group claims he was killed on Sunday in an attack in northern Syria. An al-Qaida video released on Monday shows a truck being loaded with bombs, and a subsequent explosion at a government complex.

Al-Qaida had promised an attack from an American. Just last week an English-speaking man with his face blurred called on brothers to defend Islam.

U.S. officials say they have identified Abu Hurayra's real name. It's not been released. But he was not alone. The FBI says several dozen Americans have gone to Syria to join the fighting.

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