The U.S. State Department confirmed his citizenship on Friday, according to the Associated Press. Department American officials told CNN that the bomber grew up and went to school in Florida.
Quoting two U.S. officials, CNN said investigators are currently interviewing the man's family.
Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, first claimed on Tuesday that an American had carried out a suicide bomb attack two days earlier, hitting a Syrian government installation in Idlib province. A cleric allied to the group announced al-Amriki's death on Twitter and posted a photo of the American cuddling a kitten.
Jabhat al-Nusra's media wing in Idlib released further images claiming to show the American with fellow militants who took part in the attack.
Intelligence officials believe around 70 Americans have gone to fight in Syria since the 2011 uprising began, mainly for anti-government forces, and several have been killed on the battlefield, The New York Times notes.
Source: huffingtonpost.com By Charlotte Alfred