published Saturday, May 31st, 2014

American suicide bomber grew up in Central Florida

VERO BEACH, Fla. — The American man who launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops grew up in Central Florida and attended several colleges in the state before moving abroad.

U.S. officials identified the bomber as Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha of Florida, but have said little else. Records show a person with that name lived with his family in a stucco home in a gated community plunked among the Orange Groves on the edge of Vero Beach.

A member of the neighborhood homeowners association said the family had moved twice within the neighborhood since they lost their home to foreclosure a few years back.

A spokesman for Seminole State College of Florida said Abu-Salha enrolled in the school in August of 2011 but never graduated.

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