Kenya Garissa University Attack: More than 147 people, mostly students and staffs, have been killed in an assault carried out by al-Shabab militants on Garissa university in north-eastern Kenya.
Heavily armed militants stormed Garissa University early on Thursday. At first they killed two security guards at the entrance and then firing indiscriminately on students nearby. Four of the militants were eventually surrounded in a dormitory, and died when their suicide vests detonated.
It is one of the deadliest attack yet by al-Shabab militants in Kenya. The militants found out Christians and shot them at the spot, witnesses said. More than 500 students could manage to escape, 79 of them were injured. A fifth militant has reportedly been arrested. Eric Wekesa, a student at Garissa, told Reuters he locked himself in his room before eventually fleeing.
[quote_box_center]”What I managed to hear from them is ‘We came to kill or finally be killed.’ That’s what they said.”[/quote_box_center]
[quote_box_center]”It was horrible, there was shooting everywhere,” another student, Augustine Alanga, told [/quote_box_center]
He said it was “Pathetic” and “Terrific” that the university was only guarded by two police officers. Nine of them are critically injured. students were airlifted to the capital Nairobi for better treatment, disaster management officials said.
But each student had been accounted for by the end of the evacuation. An overnight curfew has been implemented in Garissa and three other counties in Kenya.