Islamic Terrorist has already issued a warning to Kenyans,claiming its brutal campaign of violence will see their cities “run red with blood”
Kenya’s government has identified one of the al-Shabaab gunmen responsible for killing nearly 150 people in a brutal attack at a university on Thursday as the son of a Kenyan government official.
Kenya’s interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka said the gunman, named as Abdirahim Abdullahi, had been known to police as his father had reported his disappearance to security officials.
Abdullahi’s father, a chief in Mandera County, fearing his son had travelled to Somalia, had already been helping police to trace his whereabouts by the time the brutal attack on the university occurred.
“The father had reported to security agents that his son had disappeared from home… and was helping the police try to trace his son by the time Garissa terror attack happened,” Njoka told Reuters news agency.
Abdullahi has been identified as one of the masked gunmen who stormed the Garissa campus. A Garissa-based official who did not wish to be named said the gunman was a former University of Nairobi law student, and that he had joined al-Shabaab after graduating in 2013: “He was a very brilliant student. But then he got these crazy ideas.
Mr Njoka said it was not clear where Abdullahi worked before he disappeared last year.
To prevent an escalation of Islamic radicalisation in Kenya it is important that parents inform authorities if their children go missing or show tendencies of following violent extremism, Mr Njoka said.
The massacre carried out on Thursday that claimed the lives of 148 people has been called the worst terror attack in Kenya in 15 years.
Gunmen stormed the Garissa University College campus last week killing people and taking hostages security forces ended the siege. Militants had singled out Christians for point blank executions during their bloody rampage.