Yesha Callahan

Gunman In Kenyan University Attack Identified As Son of Kenyan Government Official

24-year-old-Mohammed-Abdirahim-AbdullahiAbdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi has been identified as one of the gunmen behind the gruesome Kenyan university attack that left 148 people dead. Abdullahi is the son of a government chief in Mandera County, Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka told The Associated Press.

The unnamed chief reported that his son missing last year and said he feared that he had gone to Somalia to join the terrorist group. Abdullahi was a law school graduate and was described as a “brilliant upcoming lawyer”.

The Islamic militants said the attack on Garissa college was in retaliation for killings carried out by Kenyan troops fighting the rebels in Somalia.

“No amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart another attack or prevent another bloodbath,” said al-Shabab.

Following the threats, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said he would take action against Islamic militants.

“We will fight terrorism to the end,” said Kenyatta. “I guarantee that my administration shall respond in the fiercest way possible.”

All four attackers were killed by Kenyan security forces.

Image Credits: AP

  1. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t see the allure in leaving my family and joining a terrorist group. R.I.P to the children killed by this damaged soul.

    • April 7, 2015 - Reply

      @C.

      Huh?? Men take their whole families to Syria and Iraq to join “the-group-that-shall-not-be-named-online”. I’m sure you’ve seen/read stories of European born/raised young people trooping over there. I really don’t get the allure. It’s like a drug.

  2. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    Kenya has to do a few things differently if they are going to whip Al Shabab. They have to treat the Somali minority better than they have. You can’t whip, beat, and arbitrarily arrest people, and not create terrorists. The military and police have to get their bureaucracy coordinated, it ridiculous that four men can kill 147 students while the army cannot get helicopters together to bring troops to the college. Frankly, there should be a robust security presences at all schools, hospitals, bus stations, etc.

    • April 7, 2015 - Reply

      @Anthony

      This is not it at all. Of course they use that as an excuse to justify their terror. just like Boko Haram in N/E Nigeria threatening the region. After the mall attack, I thought security would be tighter. Then again, these ppl know how to infiltrate the local civilian pop, blend in and carry out attacks.

      • April 7, 2015 - Reply

        @AfroCapricornette

        From all of the sources I have heard or read, the Kenyan police are brutal, they shakedown citizens for bribes, and jail people needlessly. In Kenya, there is also a divide between the Somali minority, and the majority of Kenyans who speak Bantu and Nilotic languages. I also know that Somalis have their issues too vis a vis Africans who are Non-Muslim, especially those with kinkier hair, fuller lips, and flatter noses than Somalis. I know in Somali there is a term that translates as “hard hairs” that is used to describe Somalis of Bantu origin whose ancestors had been enslaved in Somalia. Kenya is in a tough spot because they had to intervene because of instability on their northern border and US pressure, but alienating such a large minority is never good.

        I do not have personal experience in Somalia or Kenya. I have never been closer than Sudan, but I did study Somalia in graduate school because my chair suggested I do my dissertation work in Somalia. I later determined the dude was trying to either scare me off or get me killed over there, so I ended up researching in relatively safer Northern Sudan.

        • April 7, 2015 - Reply

          @Anthony

          You are spot on regarding the Somalis. Even the dark toned ones say they’re Arab cos of their curly/wavy hair; same with Sudan and the division between African and semi-Arabic population. It;s Africa, police are corrupt and shake down the citizens, nothing new here. To me, it’s all religious and I compare it to boko haram. You know they asked students their religion and killed the Christian ones? Yes, they’re a minority in Kenya because they were accepted due to their unstable country but to pay that back with evil?? They’re modeling their brethren in the ME…

          Nice you’ve been to Sudan. When did you go? Before it split up? Never been out of West Africa.

          • April 7, 2015 - Reply

            @AfroCapricornette

            The Northern part of Kenya has a large indigenous Somali population. Most Somalis in Kenya are citizens. Yes, I was in Sudan before it split up. I have also worked in South Africa and Nigeria too.

            • April 7, 2015 - Reply

              @Anthony

              Oh wow! Where in Nigeria? I grew up in Lagos.

              • April 7, 2015 - Reply

                @AfroCapricornette

                I was exchange faculty at Ibadan for two years in a summer program. I visited Osogbo, and Benin City too. Of course, I went through Lagos.

                • April 7, 2015 - Reply

                  @Anthony

                  Forgive me for dating you but was this in the 80s? Lol…I ask because I’m not sure this exchange program happens in earnest now at Federal universities. Was it University of Ibadan? Yeah, those areas are rich,rich,rich in history. I still want to visit the Osun Grove (in Osogbo) as it’s a Heritage site.

                  • April 7, 2015 - Reply

                    @AfroCapricornette

                    No, I was there in 2002 & 2003.

                    • April 7, 2015 - Reply

                      @Anthony

                      Nice! I hope you tried some native foods.I’m getting hungry just thinking of them…

                      • April 7, 2015 - Reply

                        @AfroCapricornette

                        Yes I did eat local food. I really love suya (i don’t know the actual spelling) that barbecued meat sold on the street.

                        • April 8, 2015 - Reply

                          @Anthony

                          That’s how we all spell it too lol. That spicy, barbecued meat/chicken is so addictive! Glad you had an experience.

          • April 7, 2015 - Reply

            @AfroCapricornette

            I have read that the terrorists have specifically killed the Christian Kenyans too.

            • April 7, 2015 - Reply

              @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

              Yes, students were asked if they were Muslim, if they said yes, they were told to recite the Shahada (bad transliteration.) Translated, the Shahada says there is no God but God, and Muhammad is his prophet. If the student could not say it, she or he was killed.

              • April 7, 2015 - Reply

                @Anthony

                You’re absolutely correct. I saw the interview of one survivor saying that his friends were killed. This person was extremely hurt.

            • April 8, 2015 - Reply

              @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

              Yup. They were targeted. Same thing happened in northern Nigeria years ago when citizens in boko haram affected territory were asked to recite the Al Fatiha (sp) to prove their faith. You couldn’t, you were hacked. Religion is truly the opium of the masses.

  3. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    Black folk killing black folk over the Arab man’s god….My hope is thinning.

    • April 7, 2015 - Reply

      @Ms. Vee

      Remember, this is Africa, most folks do not identify as black in relation to each other. They identify in terms of ethnic group and religion. That is no different than Russians and Ukranians or Shia and Sunni Arabs fighting each other.

      • April 8, 2015 - Reply

        @Anthony

        Arab, Asian, White etc in Africa reminds them they are very much Black and treat them accordingly. African may identify with their ethnicity but to ignore how years of colonisation, enslavement have made some to believe religion (Islam and Christianism) imposed by others are to put above your own kind has been very damaging to Black African. No other race will fight against their own for the benefit of others. It has to be noted Arab muslim do not treat Black muslim equally at all.

      • April 10, 2015 - Reply

        @Anthony

        You are right. Its interesting though that other groups engaged in inner fighting know how to mobilize when threatened with outside invasion. The Africans? Not as much.

  4. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    This is just so tragic on so many levels. May they rest in peace

  5. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    This is a complex situation.

    Chaos
    in Somalia increased when the U.S. collaborated with Ethiopia to invade Somalia
    in 2006. This ended the Islamic Courts Union’s rule of Somalia and
    caused the growth of al-Shabab (which is an ally of al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda
    originated form Osama bin Laden, who was a CIA asset via Operation Cyclone). Al-Shabab
    ironically existed as a youth win of the ICU. Kenya has militarily intervened
    in Somalia too in fighting al-Shabab forces. Drones have killed hundreds of
    people in Somalia. Al-Shabab has made military incursions in Kenya as well. Somalia
    has oil resources, which is one reason why the West is intervening in the
    region. A resolution will have to be a product of collective actions. There
    must be the respect for the rights of the ethnic minorities Kenya including
    Somalis and Muslims. There must be adequate security protection in Kenya and
    there must be further socioeconomic development in Kenya. In many cases,
    terrorism has arisen because of bad economic conditions, desperation, and a
    lack of hope. To get rid of terrorism, institutions must promote progressive
    solutions to help the masses of the people. Somalia should be free from
    al-Shabab (which is a counterrevolutionary terrorist group who has killed
    innocent human beings), but Somalia should not be some puppet Western client
    state. Somalia should be independent. Kenya should not only protect their
    country. They should advance more political solutions, so Kenyans can have
    total democratic rights continually.

    RIP to the victims who died. I send my condolences
    to the families of the victims too.

    • April 7, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      It’s really tragic. Somalia is a failed state and I don’t think anything can help. Kenya is doing all she can to protect her citizens, even attacking their strongholds within Somalia, but these evil fools are like invincible! They seem to proliferate each day! I think we all know that US intervention will escalate things. Even withing Somalia, they have their own split too. Puntland has considered themselves an autonomous region for years now.

      • April 7, 2015 - Reply

        @AfroCapricornette

        Yes, it is a tragic situation. Somalia has a long
        history. Today, many view Somalia as a failed state, because of competing
        warlords and other reasons. Al-Shahaab has been funded by Saudi Arabia as well.
        Somalia existed as it is because of many reasons. Somalia was a colony of Italy
        and Britain. Mohammad Siad Barre made some social programs which helped many
        Somalis during the 1970’s. IMF and World Bank policies harmed Somalia during
        the 1980’s. When the overthrow of Barre came about in 1991, Somalia was never
        the same. A civil war ensued and Somalia is still struggling to maintain true
        political and social stability. AMISOM (or the African Union Mission in Somalia) is occupying large sections of Somalia. A lot of the problems in Somalia have existed by both the reactionary Islamists and by the policies of Western imperialism. I will not say that Somalia will never be truly

        free, but it will be a long time before Somalia witnesses some stability. It
        seems to me that the only solution long term will be to address the huge
        poverty in Somalia. There must be a political resolution in Somalia along with
        address its poverty if Somalia can find true justice. The West is in Somalia as
        a way to maintain oil resources to pass through the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb. So, the West
        wants more geopolitical power and the growth of their hegemony not necessarily
        the advancement of “humanitarianism.”

  6. April 8, 2015 - Reply

    Religion is horrible, the idea that one god is different from another is just madness. Many countries are becoming wealthy with the Internet and family connections.

    There had to be a way to stop or slow down development. The best and most effective tool is religion, the scourge of humanity.

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