Man believed to be first American suicide bomber in Syria used to live on Treasure Coast

The young American suicide bomber who last weekend blew up an explosives-laden truck halfway across the world in Syria made his home on the Treasure Coast, law enforcement officials said Friday. (Photo:Twitter)

The 22-year-old, identified late Friday in news reports as Moner Mohammad Abusalha, is believed to have been the first American suicide bomber in Syria.

Law enforcement sources told the Miami Herald that Abusalha resided, at least for some time, in Fort Pierce.

Few details have emerged on Abusalha, whose name was kept secret by federal authorities for most of Friday while they interviewed his family and friends — some of them elsewhere in Florida — and traced his movements, investigating whether he was recruited or radicalized online.

Basketball statistics posted on a youth sports website show Abusalha played in 2007 for the Indian River Warriors, a team based in Vero Beach. Records show his parents have lived there and owned several grocery stores along the Treasure Coast.

 

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