Omar Hammami, who Wired called "the most prominent American jihadi left alive," just tweeted that he'd been shot in the neck in an attempted assassination. It's worth taking the tweet with a grain of salt, but, if true, certainly moves Hammami into the lead for "tweet sent under the most duress."
Hammami, who lives in Somalia, is worth $5 million to the United States government if captured. That bounty stems from the Alabama-born Hammami having joined the militant Islamic group al-Shebab in 2006. In 2012, al-Shebab became a part of Al Qaeda, under the leadership of Ayman al-Zawahiri — but Hammami had already split with the group, prompting it to denounce him.
And according to Hammami's Twitter account, @abumamerican, today it prompted the group try and kill him.
just been shot in neck by shabab assassin. not critical yet— abu m (@abumamerican) April 25, 2013
sitting in tea place then 3 shots behind to left. pistol i think. they ran— abu m (@abumamerican) April 25, 2013
@jarret_brachman cheaper than a drone, but expensive on shabab's credibility. the shooter's been i.d.'ed as known shabab assassin— abu m (@abumamerican) April 25, 2013
Clearly, if Hammami is indeed tweeting these updates, the wound isn't serious. (In another update, he says, "[n]o windpipe or artery" was hit.) But it still seems hard to believe that someone could get on Twitter so soon after nearly being murdered. A quick look at the metadata of his tweets doesn't offer much insight: they aren't geolocated (which is probably a wise decision), nor is the Twitter tool used to make the updates identified.