US Kills Al-Shabaab Leader Behind Kenya’s Garissa Tragedy

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The Al-Shabaab leader who orchestrated an attack on Kenya’s Garissa University in 2015 has been killed during US airstrikes in Somalia.

Mohammed Dulyadayn, who went by the alias of Kuno Gamadhere, is among four Al-Shabaab terrorists confirmed to have been killed in the latest wave of strikes by US and Somali forces. His most notable act was masterminding the Garissa University attack which killed 148 people – most of whom were students.

 

Kuno’s death confirmed

AMISOM troops and officials from the Jubaland administration on Thursday confirmed that one of the four killed in the airstrikes had been identified as Kuno. They also said DNA tests would be carried out to officially confirm his identity. Al-Shabaab regularly denies the deaths of its most important members.

The other three terrorists killed in the airstrikes were reportedly Kuno’s bodyguards. This comes after the leader survived US airstrikes following an Al-Shabaab attack on Kenyan troops in El-Adde, which killed an unconfirmed number of KDF soldiers.

Kuno survived the retaliatory strikes but was seriously injured and evacuated to Jilib. His injuries prevented him from taking an active role in further duties for Al-Shabaab, leaving him to be cared for by his men until his death this week.

 

Kenya’s most notorious terrorist

Kuno is a Kenyan national turned Al-Shabaab militant who was assigned the role of targeting his home nation. He worked as a teacher in Garissa until 2007 and previously the Al-Haramain Foundation between 1993 and 1995.

Signs of Kuno’s extremism were evident before he left the country to join Al-Shabaab. Police in Kenya have revealed most of the attacks carried out in Garissa have been carried out by former students of Kuno.

The internal recruitment of extremist in Kenya is one of the country’s biggest threats following large scale attacks by the Al-Shabaab. Two years before the Gariss tragedy, the Somalia-based militant group staged an attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, killing 67 people.

 

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By Staff Sergeant Chelsea Browning – http://www.defense.gov/WeekInPhotos/WeekInPhotosSlideShow.aspx?Date=12/21/2014, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37518353