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Former teacher is alleged to be behind attack

Aislinn Laing

Published 03/04/2015 | 02:30

Students gather and watch from a distance outside the Garissa University College after an attack by gunmen, in Garissa, Kenya (AP Photo)
Students gather and watch from a distance outside the Garissa University College after an attack by gunmen, in Garissa, Kenya (AP Photo)
Students of the Garissa University College take shelter in a vehicle after fleeing from an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya (AP Photo)

The man alleged to be behind the terrorist attack on Garissa University is a former teacher at an Islamic school who rose to become one of al-Shabaab's most senior lieutenants.

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Dulyadin Gamadhere, pictured above, who goes by several other names including Mohammed Kuno, is said to come from a family of sympathisers of the militant Somalia-based group.

He is now the subject of a bounty of five million Kenyan shillings (£36,000) for his suspected masterminding of the attack on the university.

According to a report on Nairobi's 'Star' newspaper website, he worked as a teacher at a religious school under the name of Sheikh Mahamad Afte. But he increasingly took a hard line and later joined al-Shabaab when it was formed in 2006.

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