Mahrous Mohammed Abusalha: Syria suicide bomber believed to have ties to the Treasure Coast

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - The American suicide bomber who carried out an attack in Syria is believed to be from the Treasure Coast, according to a former next-door neighbor.

Sources confirm to WPTV that 24-year-old Mahrous Mohammed Abusalha was a Sebastian High School student, known as Maha.

According to a neighbor, the family lives in a gated community in Vero Beach.

Abusalha was also called by the 'nom de guerre' Abu Hurayra Al-Amriki, and the New York Times reports his name as Moner Abusalha.

Officials did not disclose the bomber's real name.

Abusalha is among a group of Americans whom intelligence agents have been trying to keep tabs on since they went to Syria some months ago to join extremists in the fight against the Syrian government.

Brad Robinson, a former CIA operative, says radical groups try to appeal to younger Americans using money, or ego.

"Might be thrill seeking, see that a lot in the younger people that have grown up especially in this era of ultra violent movies, video games," said Robinson.

Investigators are interviewing family members.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.



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