Gunmen kill 147 at Kenya university

Published: Friday 3rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in north-eastern Kenya, killing 147 people in the group’s deadliest attack in the East African country.

Four militants, who had strapped themselves with explosives, were killed by security forces to end the siege just after dusk.

After the militants took hostages, fears arose over the fate of some students, but the National Disaster Operations Centre said all were eventually accounted for.

The masked attackers, armed with AK-47s, singled out non-Muslim students at Garissa University College and then gunned them down without mercy, survivors said.

Others ran for their lives with bullets whistling through the air.

Amid the massacre, the men took dozens of hostages in a dormitory as they fought troops and police before the operation ended after about 13 hours.

When gunfire from the Kenyan security forces struck the attackers, the militants exploded “like bombs,” interior minister Joseph Nkaissery said, adding that the shrapnel wounded some of the officers.

Al-Shabab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage said fighters from the Somalia-based extremist group were responsible.

Published: Friday 3rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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