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Bounty on Garissa University attack mastermind increased to Sh 20 million

Police have increased to Sh20 million the bounty on a Kenyan a former teacher in Garissa, who has been named as the mastermind of the terrorist attack at Garissa University College.

A Sh2 million bounty has been earlier been placed on the fugitive, Mohamed Kuno, who has been on the run since December last year. It was later increased, highlighting the desperation for the police to nab him.

Kuno was then identified as the Al-Shabaab commander who oversaw the killings of 58 Kenyans in Mandera late last year.

The death toll in the latest attack stands at 15.


A security brief seen by the Nairobi News says Kuno is a former teacher and Principal at Madarasa Najah in Garissa and has three aliases; Sheikh Mahamad, Dulyadin and Gamadheere.

He joined militants in Somalia at the time of the Islamic Courts Union, which later metamorphosed into Al-Shabaab.

He uses his family members in carrying out terrorist activities in northern Kenya.

Kuno, the brief added, is Al-Shabaab’s leader for Juba region in Somalia, and currently in charge of external operations against Kenya.

Juba region shares a vast border with Kenya, and touches Mandera, Garissa, Wajir and Lamu counties.