Syria suicide bomber calling himself ‘Abu Hurayra Al-Amriki’ in Al Qaeda video was U.S. citizen who grew up in Florida

Aftermath of the bombing

Washington (CNN) — The truck was loaded with munitions, then driven up a hillside in northern Syria. Moments later, there was a massive blast followed by cries of “Allahu Akbar,” and the rattling of gunfire.

The suicide attacker in the bombing depicted in this online video was an American jihadi, radical Islamists claiming responsibility for the blast have said.

Late Thursday, two U.S. officials confirmed their boast.

The man called by the nom de guerre Abu Hurayra Al-Amriki was a U.S. citizen, who grew up in Florida and went to school there.  Neither official would disclose the bomber’s real name.  Investigators are interviewing family members.