Gunmen siege Garissa University in Kenya


Heavy gunfire is being reported in Kenya after masked gunmen attacked Garissa university campus in Garissa town.

Gunshots and heavy explosions were heard at the campus, reports The Standard Kenya, as police and military engaged attackers.

Witnesses report two police officers and students injured in the Thursday morning attack.

Ambulances were seen ferrying casualties to hospitals for treatment.

Kenya Red Cross reports 30 casualties taken to hospital 4 are very serious and majority of Casualties have gunshot wounds.

Kenya Defence Forces is already on the scene and it is suspected the attackers could be affiliated to the Somali based militants, Al Shabaab.

The attack, say witnesses, started from the Mosque inside the university where the attackers shot at worshippers indiscriminately.

Students who escaped the attack said there were at least five gunmen.

Many other students and teachers were by 8 am still being held hostage.

They said the attackers had posed as worshipers at a mosque in the college.

“We had the threats earlier on and alerted the institutions here,” a security official told The Standard.

In Nairobi, security officials were put on alert over fears of a similar attack.

Since late 2011, Kenya has seen an upsurge in violent terrorist attacks.

Kenyan government officials asserted that many of the murders and blasts were carried out by Al-Shabaab in retaliation for Operation Linda Nchi, a coordinated military mission between the Somalian military and Kenyan military that began in October 2011, when troops from Kenya crossed the border into the conflict zones of southern Somalia.

According to Kenyan security experts, the bulk of the attacks were increasingly carried out by radicalized Kenyan youth who were hired for the purpose.

Kenya security officials also indicated that they were part of death squads, which carried out many of the killings under the orders of a government security council.

By mid-2014, the cumulative attacks began affecting Kenya’s tourism industry, as Western nations issued travel warnings to their citizens.

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