Kenya police: 1 gunman identified

2015-04-05 13:42
A Kenyan child prays during a morning service at the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi after the Garissa massacre. (Sayyid Azim, AP)

A Kenyan child prays during a morning service at the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi after the Garissa massacre. (Sayyid Azim, AP)

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Garissa - The son of a Kenyan government official has been identified as one of the gunmen who attacked a Kenyan college where 148 people were killed, authorities said on Sunday.

Abdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi, one of the Islamic extremists who attacked Garissa University College, was the son of a government chief in Mandera county, said Interior Ministry spokesperson Mwenda Njoka.

The chief had reported his son missing last year and said he feared that he had gone to Somalia, said Njoka.

Retribution

All four attackers were killed by Kenyan security forces on Thursday.

Somalia's al-Shabaab Islamic militants claimed responsibility for the attack on the Garissa college on Thursday, saying it was retribution for Kenya deploying troops to Somalia to fight the extremist rebels.

Grieving Christians prayed, sang and clapped hands at an Easter Sunday service at a Catholic church in Garissa.

Security forces patrolled the perimeter of Our Lady of Consolation Church, which was attacked by militants almost three years ago. Grenades lobbed at the building sprayed shrapnel into the interior, injuring some worshippers. Another Garissa church was also attacked that day and 17 people were killed.

Sunday's ceremony was laden with emotion for the several hundred members of Garissa's Christian minority, which is fearful following the attack by al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based Islamic extremist group.

Severest ways possible

The gunmen who attacked Garissa University College on Thursday singled out Christians for killing, though al-Shabaab has a long record of killing Muslims over the years.

Following the extremists' threats, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to take harsh measures against the Islamic militants.

In a nationally televised address, Kenyatta said his administration "shall respond in the severest ways possible" to the Garissa attack.

"We will fight terrorism to the end," said Kenyatta. "I guarantee that my administration shall respond in the fiercest way possible."


Read more on:    al-shabaab  |  kenya  |  east africa  |  garissa attack

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