Kenya's Garissa University reopens nine months after attack

Kenya's Garissa University College reopens nine months after deadly attack by Al Shabab that killed nearly 150 people

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

A woman attends a musical concert in honor of the victims of the attack on Garissa University College in downtown Nairobi on April 14, 2015.

Updated Jan 12, 2016

Kenya’s Garissa University College has reopened nine months after a deadly attack carried out by the Somalia-based, Al Qaeda-linked militant group Al Shabab which killed nearly 150 people.

Garissa University principal, Professor Ahmed Osman Warfa, announced that university staff had returned to their duties today ahead of the new term, adding that around 60 students are expected to return to their classes on January 11. Garissa university had around 800 students before the attack.

Security in the university has improved and a police checkpoint has been established on the campus to help secure the safety of students and university staff.

The Garissa University attack

On April 2 2015 four Al Shabab militants killed nearly 150 students in Garissa University, located in north-eastern Kenya. The attack lasted hours and was ended by a special police unit which killed the four attackers.

Al Shabab had previously launched an attack on the Nairobi Westgate shopping mall in Kenya in 2013, killing 67 people.

After the attack the Kenyan government announced a high-ranking al-Shabab militant, Mohamed Kuno as the mastermind of the attack.

Mr. Kuno was the headmaster at an madrasa - an Islamic school - in Garissa until 2007.

Then he moved to Somalia to join the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) that splintered into many fanctions such as Al-Shabab after its defeat.

Al Shabab has vowed to carry out attacks against Kenya for sending its troops to Somalia to fight against the militant group there. Kenya has been struggling with a wave of bomb attacks by Al-Shabab in its territory since October 2011.

TRTWorld and agencies