Al Shabaab kills 70 at Kenya Garissa University

UPDATE: The death toll has moved from 70 to 102 students now.

79 are reported injured and 500 rescued by security forces from terrorists and over 500 more still missing but the Interior  minister,CS Joseph Nkaissery, says only 200 are missing. 


IG Boinnet


Gunmen this morning attacked Garissa campus and besieged the institution.

According to Kenya Red Cross, a total of 30 casualties have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

Four of the 30 are in a critical condition.

Majority of casualties have gunshot wounds.

Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery and Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinett, are already at the scene.

IG Joseph Boinnet, says the elite units from Police and Kenya Defence Forces have responded.

According to Boinnet, armed attackers forced their way into Garissa University by shooting at the guards manning the main gate at around 5am.

Another report says two of the guards were shot dead and a total of 15 people killed.

The attackers shot indiscriminately while inside the university compound.

Police officers who were at the time guarding the students’ hostels heard the gunshots and responded swiftly and engaged the gunmen in a fierce shootout.

However, the attackers retreated and gained entry into the hostels.

The officers summoned for reinforcement immediately and a joint force composed of the National Police Service officers and other security agencies arrived and are currently engaged in an elaborate process of flushing out the gunmen from the hostels.

He called upon Kenyans to remain calm as police officers work to make sure that the attackers are ejected from the hostel and normalcy returns within the shortest time possible.

He further appealed to the public to help police with information regarding the attack.

On July 16 last year, a vehicle belonging to the Mandera county governor, Ali Roba, was sprayed with bullets at Gerti in Garissa.

Later attackers ambushed a Tawakal bus, killed a passenger and injured others.

In August, eight heavily armed attackers fired a mortar-propelled grenade at the county government offices, damaging one side of the building.

In October, the county boss escaped unhurt after a powerful device exploded as his motorcade passed through Mandera town.

In a parallel incident, the suspected Al-Shabaab militants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the governor’s convoy.

The attack occurred between Nafey and Imo, a few kilometres from where terrorists ambushed a bus and massacred 28 passengers on November 22 last year.

In December 2014, Al Shabaab militants killed 36 non-Muslim quarry workers near the north Kenyan town of Mandera.

These are just instances of the most recent attacks on Kenya.

The college attacked today is located in Garissa County in North Eastern part of Kenya, 378 km from the capital Nairobi.

According to the 2009 census, Garissa town has a total population of 119,696 and the university has about 1000 students.

The US embassy in Nairobi has condemned the act as “cowardly” and extended condolences to the families of the victims.


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