Kenya University attack: 147 people killed
By Zabihullah Moosakhail - Thu Apr 02 2015, 4:51 pm
Al Shabaab gunmen on Thursday stormed the campus of Garissa University College in the western part of Kenya leaving 147 people killed and 79 others wounded in the attack that lasted for about 13 hours.
Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said that most of the 147 dead were students, but two security guards, one policeman and one soldier also were killed in the attack.
Nkaissery added that some of the more seriously wounded were flown to Nairobi, capital of Kenya for treatment
Officials said when militants burst into the campus of Garissa University College they separated non-Muslims from Muslims and massacred the non-Muslims.
Al Qaeda-Al Shabaab militants have claimed responsibility for the attack and said that the attack was in response to Kenya sending troops alongside African Union peacekeepers for fighting against them.
A bounty of $220,000 was posted for Mohammed Mohamud who is identified as a possible mastermind of the attack. Mohammed Mohamud leads Al-Shabaab’s cross border attacks into Kenya.
Students who managed to escaped say five gunmen wearing masks broke into the campus at the time that the morning prayers were taking place and some students were still asleep.
“Some of us were still asleep in that mist of confusion, no one had an idea what was going on, screams from ladies and every person, it was evident everyone was running for their lives,” one student who managed to escape said.
The United Nations and White House condemned the attack. Kenya is father’s homeland of United States president Barack Obama. Barack Obama had planned a visit to Kenya in July.