Jihadist leader who organized Garissa university attack killed

Jihadist leader who organized Garissa university attack killed

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Mohamed Mohamud Ali.PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mogadishu, SOMALIA: A jihadist leader who organised the April 2015 attack on Garissa which left 148 people dead, has been killed in a raid in southwestern Somalia, Agence France Presse reported on Wednesday.

Regional forces in Somalia said he was one of 16 people killed in an overnight raid on their convoy in Kismayu, a port city in southern Somalia.

Speaking during a press conference at the coastal town of Kismayu the Minister of state security for Jubaland Abdirashid Janan said he was killed with other four men.

“Sixteen armed men, four of them senior commanders including Mohamed Mohamud Ali known as Dulyadin… were killed by the Somali commandos and the special forces of the Jubaland,” said Abdirashid.

Four of those who died were reportedly senior members of the al-Shabab Islamist militant group.

The April 2, 2015 attack at Garissa University College, left 148 people dead, most of them being students.

The operation was carried out by four gunman from terror group Al Shabaab.

On July 16 last year, the Kenyan government said that Dulyadin – also known by the aliases of Kuno and Gamadhere – had been killed in a US drone strike, but it swiftly backtracked on the claim.

More than 30 Shabaab militants were killed in that operation, the government said.

The United States has in recent years launched numerous drone strikes against Shabaab leaders, including a strike in September 2014 that killed the group’s leader Ahmed Abdi Godane.

After the Garissa attack, Kenya’s government put up a $215,000 (£149,000) reward for Kuno’s capture.

A Kenyan-Somali, he was a headmaster at a madrassa, or Islamic school, in Garissa until 2007.