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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with AFP at the presidential palace in Damascus on Jan. 20, 2014. / Joseph Eid, AFP/Getty Images

WASHINGTON-U.S. authorities are investigating whether an American carried out a suicide bombing in Syria on behalf of an al-Qaeda affiliate in what would be the first known attack in Syria carried out by U.S. citizen, two U.S. officials said.

The officials, who are not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said preliminary reports of the person, identified on social media as Abu Hurayra al-Amriki or Abu Hurayra the American, are likely accurate but efforts are being made to locate his family for a more conclusive identification.

The bombing, carried out over the weekend, killed about four people, including the bomber, one of the officials said. He said the bomber is believed to have been in the region for perhaps a year.

FBI Director James Comey has expressed repeated concerns about possibly dozens of Americans who have traveled to Syria to take up arms in the Syrian civil war.



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