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START Background Report: Al-Shabaab Attack on Garrissa University


START Background Report: Al-Shabaab Attack on Garrissa University

Highlights al-Shabaab attacks, attacks on educational institutions, mass-casualty attacks

April 9, 2015

On Thursday, April 2, gunmen attacked Garissa University in eastern Kenya,Al-Shabaab Attacks 2012-2014 near the border with Somalia. The attackers killed 147 and injured 79 before detonating suicide vests when cornered by security forces. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, which is believed to have been planned by Kenyan, Mohamed Kuno. START has developed this background report highlighting:

  • attacks attributed to al-Shabaab,
  • attacks on educational institutions, and
  • mass-casualty attacks.

To read the START Background Report Al-Shabaab Attack on Garissa University in Kenya, visit
http://www.start.umd.edu/pubs/STARTBackgroundReport_alShabaabGarissaU_April2015.pdf.