Kenya killers tried to flee to Somalia

2015-04-04 11:34
Kenyans read a newspaper with headlines about the attack on the university in Garissa. (Carl de Souza, AFP)

Kenyans read a newspaper with headlines about the attack on the university in Garissa. (Carl de Souza, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Nairobi - Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the killing of 147 people at a Kenyan university campus by the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab, a Kenyan Interior Ministry spokesperson said on Saturday.

One of the gunmen was detained while fleeing the scene during the attack, the ministry confirmed earlier.

Four others have been taken into custody since, spokesperson Mwenda Njoka told dpa.

Three of the four were seized while fleeing to Somalia, the spokesperson said, declining to give more details.

"I don't want to get into details on how we got them, or their connections, because this is a continuing threat," Njoka said.

"An operation of that magnitude [the university attack] involves not just two, three or five people - it's much more complex."

In the deadliest attack yet by al-Shabaab, gunmen stormed the university campus in Garissa, 350km north-east of Nairobi early on Thursday, gunning down students who they identified as Christians because they could not answer questions about the Koran.

Security forces cornered the attackers in one dormitory where they were holding hostages. Four attackers finally blew themselves up.

The attack claimed the lives of 142 students, three security officers and two university staff, while 104 people were injured, according to the Interior Ministry. Nineteen of the injured victims were reported to be in critical condition.

The government has said the assailants were likely associates of Mohamed Kuno Gamadheere, also known as Mohamed Dulyadayn, the suspected mastermind of the attack, for whom the security forces have offered a reward of $210 000.

Kuno, a former teacher in an Islamic school in Garissa, is believed to have risen to the rank of commander within al-Shabaab.

Al-Shabaab attacks usually involve an entire network of operatives, including coordinators travelling between Kenya and Somalia and the killers themselves, Njoka explained.

Thursday's killers knew they would not survive their mission, he added.

"We have been working through and through," Njoka said. "We are positive we are going to get more [suspects] based on our interrogations."

The government meanwhile made public a list of the 10 most wanted terror suspects in the country.

The terrorist attack was the worst in Kenya since the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi, which left more than 200 people dead.

Somalia's nearly decade-long battle against al-Shabaab has cost thousands of lives.

Al-Shabaab frequently targets Kenya over its participation in Somalia's military campaign against it. The siege of a Nairobi shopping mall that cost 67 lives in September 2013 has been followed by smaller attacks, mainly on the Kenyan coast.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


How to open a beer bottle without an opener

Do the right thing and never be thirsty again…


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.