It appears that one of the gunmen involved in the killing of 148 Christians at the Garissa University on Thursday April 2 was the son of a government chief in Mandera County, a region that borders Somalia.
Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka stated that Abdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi, killed by police forces on Thursday, along with the other three gunmen, was the missing son of a government official. He had been missing for one year and his father had always feared that the boy might have gone to Somalia.
Abdullahi was a University of Nairobi graduate, having completed his studies in 2013. He was once described as a “brilliant upcoming lawyer”.
Somali extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the massacre, justifying it as revenge for Kenya sending troops to Somalia against extremists. The 4 gunmen separated the Christians hostages from the Muslims and shot them point-blank.
This recent statement shows those Islamic extremists are capable of making young people attack their own country. Also, it became were obvious that Kenyan government is facing terrorism threats not only from Somalia but from within its own country.
It seems most foreign al-Shabab militants are actually Kenyan. Former police Chief Mathew Iteere explained that hundreds of young fighters have trained alongside al-Shabab Somali militants and then returned to Kenya where they now represent a powerful threat for the country’s Christian population.
Kenya’s government has also reported a rise in Somali refugee, with now more than 423,000 victims of war trying to build a new life in the Kenyan refugee camps.
Meanwhile,the situation sparked many discussions on the subject of the police’s security response during the Garissa attack. It seems officers waited 7 hours before a certain tactical unit entered the school. It took them only 30 minutes to shoot the 4 extremists and to release the hostages. Many are confused as to why they waited so long before going in.
A police officer who wished to remain anonymous explained that the army barracks were 540 yards away from the university and that military officers had already mentioned they were capable of handling the situation.
This is just one of the recent anti-Christian attacks operated by the al-Shabab terrorist organization. Many people living in Garissa now consider leaving the town and moving to safer locations.
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