Kenyan university massacre claims 147


Kenyan authorities have confirmed that 147 people were killed in yesterday’s 15 hours siege by Islamic militant group, al-Shabaab, at a university located just over a 100 km from the Somali border.

According to reports, a number of heavily armed masked men stormed the gates of the Garissa University College just before dawn, before opening fire and hurling grenades while many of the students were still sleeping. Witness stated that the majority of those killed were Christians while Muslims were set free. Two security guards patrolling the university grounds were reported as being the first who got shot.

Along with those killed, police have also confirmed the deaths of four attackers when their suicide vests detonated inside the dormitory. A fifth gunman has reportedly been taken into custody.

An award of 20 million schillings (R2.5-million) has been offered to information regarding the whereabouts of the alleged mastermind, Mohamed Dulyadayn, a former school principal who has also been linked to an attack that killed 60 people in December last year.

Although earlier reports indicated that some students were taken hostage, this has not yet been confirmed with authorities indicating that over 500 had been saved. Preliminary reports have put those injured at 79.

The incident is reported to be deadliest attack since the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in the capital, Nairobi, and the worst al-Shabaab related since the shooting at the Eastgate shopping centre in 2013.


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