All the four attackers killed. Kenya’s Interior Minister said most of those killed were students, but included two police officers, one soldier and two watchmen.
Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn on Thursday, killing 147 people in the group’s deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk. Al-Shabab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage said fighters from the Somalia-based extremist group were responsible. The al-Qaeda-linked group has been blamed for a series of attacks in Kenya, including the siege at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in 2013 that killed 67 people, as well as other violence in the north. The group has vowed to retaliate against Kenya for sending troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight the militants staging cross-border attacks.
More than 500 students were rescued after the Islamist militants, heavily armed and strapped with explosives, attacked the campus of the Garissa University College around 5:30 a.m. local time, shooting some young people and taking others hostage. At least 79 people were injured, according to Kenya’s National Disaster Operation Center. Troops and police killed four members of the militant Islamist group and are rescuing the remaining hostages, Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said on television. Kenyan officials have accounted for 518 of 850 students on the campus, about 145 kilometers from Somalia, where the group, linked to al-Qaeda, is based.