Kenya University Attack Government official's son fingered as one of those behind Garissa attack

The son, identified as Abdirahim Abdullahi is reported to be a law graduate from the University of Nairobi.

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Abdirahim Abdullahi, who is the son of Abdullahi Daqara, the Chief of Bulla Jamhuri in Mandera county has been identified as one of the gun men who attacked Garissa University last Thursday, killing 147 students.

Abdullahi is reported to be a law graduate from the University of Nairobi who disappeared from home on the morning of the attack.

According to a text message from Kenya's Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka to Reuters, Abdullahi  disappeared from home the morning of the attack and his family was looking for him when the attack at the University campus 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 the Garissa terror attack happened" the message said.

While an unidentified government official based in Garissa said Abdullahi, after his graduation in 2013 joined the militant group al Shabaab.

Said official described him as "a very brilliant student" who unfortunately got "these crazy ideas".

Meanwhile, families of the victims have begun the gruesome process of identifying the bodies of their dead relatives even as the country has declared a 3-day mourning period.


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