Kenya University Attack: Government Official’s Son Is Allegedly One Of The Gunmen

Last Thursday’s devastating attack at Garissa University in Kenya left 148 people dead. The Kenyan government has named Mohamed Mohamud as the mastermind behind the attack, and they’re asking for anyone who may have information on him to come forward. Mohamud also goes by the aliases Dulyadin and Gamadhere.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, the Somalia-based militant group, Al-Shabaab, has claimed responsibility for the attack. Mohamud is said to have “extensive ties” with Al-Shabaab, which is also linked to Al-Qaeda. Mohamud is Kenyan, with three wives and three siblings. Two of his siblings are also linked to Al-Shabaab, CNN reports.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, during the attack the gunmen were heard speaking to each other in Swahili, the official language of Kenya, which meant there was a strong possibility the terrorists were from Kenya, not Somalia where Al-Shabaab is based. As more news becomes available, it seems likely the men who participated in the attack are from Kenya.

One of the other gunmen in the attack named is a government official’s son, the Guardian reports. Abdirahim Abdullahi is said to be a young Kenyan who graduated law school and was a straight-A student. Abdullahi’s father is a chief in the town of Mandera, located in Kenya near the border with Somalia.

A spokesman for the interior ministry, Mwenda Njoka, said, “The father had reported to security agents that his son had disappeared from home and was helping the police to try to trace his son by the time the Garissa terror attack happened.”

The Guardian also reports Abdullahi’s father said, “This is a young man who disappeared in 2013 and I have not heard from him since. If it is true and it is confirmed that he was one of them, then he deserves the most painful death. This is so inhuman what they did to the innocent students. It is so wrong.”

U.S. President Obama has promised to still visit Kenya in July for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), according to Forbes, despite the recent terrorist attack. President Obama called Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday to express condolences from himself and the American people.

President Obama said in an official statement, “We will stand hand-in-hand with the Kenyan government and people against the scourge of terrorism and in their efforts to bring communities together.”

The gunmen are believed to have been targeting non-Muslims during their attack at the university in Kenya.

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