It has now emerged that one of the four slain al Shabaab militants during the 12-hour siege at the Garissa University College last week Thursday, is the son of a Kenyan government official.
The militant identified as Abdirahim Mohamed Abdullahi was the son of Abdullahi Daqara who is the Chief of Bulla Jamhuri in Mandera county.
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According to a blog post by journalist Yassin Juma, Abdirahim was identified by residents of Garissa who had demanded the parading of the slain militia publicly.
In the post, residents said Abdirahim was a law graduate of the University of Nairobi in 2013. The residents further said he was one of the most brilliant students while at Wamy High School situated in Nairobi’s Imara Daima estate.
“He is the man in striped shirts. He graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2013,” a source who spoke to Juma on condition of anonymity said. The source said he knew Abdirahim and his family.
Another source who identified himself as a former schoolmate at Wamy, also positively identified Abdirahim. The source said Abdirahim and two other classmates harboured dreams of joining either the al Shabaab or the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS).
"He was one year behind me at Wamy. He was very bright and intelligent guy wallahi. I knew that he had joined al Shabaab but i didn't expect him to kill those innocent lives,” the former schoolmate said.
It is said Abdirahim opted to join the Somali based militia after efforts to fly to Syria failed on account of him not having a passport.
Another source who spoke to Juma and identified himself as Abdirahim’s former English teacher at Wamy said up until Abdirahim got radicalised, they were good friends.
"I taught him. He was a very close friend before he got radicalized. He scored an A- in KCSE in 2007" said the teacher.
Juma in his blog says he spoke to a member of the family of Abdirahim who said the family had disowned him after he disappeared from his Mandera home for a year.
"I have buried Rahim long ago but the fact that his own blood took the lives of 100 innocent lives gives him enough regrets in life that has forever taken away his hopes of living humbly,” a close family member said.
This latest development following the attack, ties to remarks made by President Uhuru Kenyatta during an address to the nation from State House Nairobi on Saturday evening.
Uhuru accused parents, religious and community leaders in the North Eastern region of the country of not aiding the fight against radicalisation and terrorism.
“We must ask where are the religious leaders, the community leadership, and the parents and families of those who are radicalising our young people?” Uhuru posed.
The president said the war on terror will only be won when all stakeholders in affected regions combine their effort with security agencies.
Source: The Star