College Attack in Kenya Claims 147 Lives
The Al-Shabaab terrorist group attack on the Garissa University College in Kenya has claimed 147 lives, including four attackers. It is the worst terrorist attack in the country since the 1998 bombing of the American Embassy in the city of Nairobi.
The United States condemned the attack and reassured the Kenyan government of its support in the fight against the Al-Shabaab: "The United States condemns in the strongest terms today's terrorist attack against the innocent men and women of Garissa University College in eastern Kenya," the press release said Thursday. "The United States is providing assistance to the Kenyan Government, and we will continue to partner with them as well as with others in the region to take on the terrorist group Al-Shabaab," the White House noted in the release.
The Kenyan authorities have announced a reward of $215,000 for any information about the mastermind behind the Garissa attack certain Mohamed Mohamud, or Mohamed Kuno, also known as Sheikh Mohamed, the leader of Al-Shabaab forces in the Juba Region of Somalia on the border with Kenya.
Al-Shabaab is a clan-based militant group linked to the international terrorist organization al-Qaeda. In 2006, it violently took over most of Southern Somalia. In 2011, Kenya declared war on Al-Shabaab after several of kidnappings by the terrorist group. Since that time Al-Shabaab has committed numerous terror attacks in Kenya.