Shabaab confirms death of Garissa attack leader

2016-06-19 14:44
A mother sags to the ground after hearing her child studying at the Garissa University had been killed. (AP)

A mother sags to the ground after hearing her child studying at the Garissa University had been killed. (AP)

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Mogadishu - Somalia's al-Shabaab jihadists have confirmed the death of a commander suspected of organising the 2015 attack on Kenya's Garissa University that left 148 people dead.

The killing of Mohamed Mohamud aka Dulyadin was announced by Somali officials on June 1 and al-Shabaab confirmed his death with the release of an obituary.

Al-Shabaab said the commander, also know by the aliases 'Kuno' and 'Gamadhere', was killed by "US crusaders".

Somali officials had said he died in a Somali special forces raid close to the southern port town of Kismayo. Somalia's special forces are trained by and receive logistical support from the US.

Mohamud, a Kenyan national and an ethnic Somali, was killed alongside three other commanders and his body later put on display by local authorities.

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