A manhunt has begun for the terrorist who masterminded the killing of 147 people at Garissa University College in Kenya.
He has been identified as Mohamed Mohamud, a former teacher. Mohamud, who is a Kenyan national of Somali heritage, is a former teacher with three wives and is thought to be in his mid-40s.
A Somali security source was quoted as saying that Mohamud has been linked to a number of previous attacks and is thought to have been the key figure in the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, where 67 shoppers were killed in 2013.
He studied engineering at Jomo Kenyatta University in Nairobi in the early 1990s, before working for a Saudi-based charity, Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, which the US linked to Al Qaeda between 1993 and 1995, according to Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper.
He then taught and became a principal at an Islamic school from 1997 to 2000, where his ‘extremist tendencies’ intensified, according to the paper. Mohamud later joined Al Shabaab in Somalia and now leads the group in Kenya.