They’ve killed at least 15 people and taken an unknown number hostage at a university in Garissa, Kenya.
Masked gunmen from Somalia’s al-Shabaab movement claim to be holding an unknown number of Kenyan Christians hostage after a dawn raid on a university compound that left at least 15 people dead.
The attackers stormed into the university shortly after 5am in the town of Garissa, about 90 miles from the volatile border with Somalia. Kenya’s national disaster operations centre said 280 of the university’s 815 students were accounted for but did not say how many it believed to be still inside.
As many as 60 are wounded, according to witnesses. “We have evacuated about 30 casualties, most of them with bullet wounds. Four are in a critical state and Kenya defence forces personnel have airlifted three victims, including two soldiers, to Nairobi,” Shiundu said.
A mortuary attendant in Garissa said at least 15 people had been killed. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had released Muslims while killing some Christians and taking others hostage.
“We sorted people out and released the Muslims,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters.
Save the believers, kill the kuffar.
George Musamali, a security specialist and former officer in Kenya’s paramilitary police, told the BBC the authorities had “failed the students” by being poorly prepared.
“We’ve had intel [intelligence] for the last three months that al-Shabab were planning this kind of attack… and still they have been successful.”
Inch by inch.