State Department says U.S. citizen was suicide bomber in Syria

WASHINGTON Fri May 30, 2014 2:40pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Friday confirmed that an American citizen carried out a suicide bombing in Syria.

The bomber, who called himself Abu Hurayra al-Amriki, carried out one of four suicide bombings on May 25 in Syria's Idlib province on behalf of Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda's affiliate fighting to oust the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

"I can confirm this individual was a U.S. citizen involved in a suicide bombing in Syria," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a news briefing.

(Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Will Dunham)

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