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Al-Shabab Terrorist Has History Of Targeting Non-Muslims

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The architect of the gruesome Garissa attacks against Christian students in Kenya has a history of attacking non-Muslims.

Mohamed Kuno is Kenyan commander for the al-Shabab terrorist organization on Kenya’s border with Somalia. Presumed to be in his mid-30s, Kuno “is well-known as a hardliner in Somalia and is one of al-Shabab’s leading operatives in the southern Jubaland region, which shares a long border with Kenya,” reports the BBC.

One of the militant’s most well-known aliases, Mohamed Dulyadin, means ambidextrous in the Somali language. He’s also known as Mohamed Mohamud, according to CNN.

Kenya’s interior ministry released a wanted photo of Kuno in connection with the Garissa killings on April 2, citing a bounty worth 20 million Kenyan shillings or $215,000 in exchange for his capture.

In early April, al-Shabab militants stormed a university campus in Garissa, separating Muslim or Christian before slaughtering the non-Muslims. (RELATED: 147 Dead In Al-Shabab Attack On Christians)

Before joining a precursor to al-Shabab in 2007, Kuno was a principal at an Islamic school. Now, he oversees the al-Qaida affiliated group’s attacks inside Kenya, seeking revenge against Kenyan troops fighting the terrorist organization in Somalia.

Two attacks highlight al-Shabab’s habit of separating Muslims from non-Muslims prior to execution-style killings.

Last November, Kuno reportedly oversaw a bus attack in Mandera, when al-Shabab militants grilled riders about Islam, and if they didn’t know the answers, victims were forced to lay face-first in the mud. Then, they were summarily executed by extremists.

A month later, al-Shabab militants again separated Muslims from non-Muslims and executed the latter group. At least 36 were killed, and their bodies were dumped in a quarry near Kenya’s border with Somalia.

Kuna, who reportedly has three wives and three siblings with ties to the terrorist organization, fled authorities after being identified as an architect of the latter attack in December of 2014.

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