Kenya

Garissa Attack: Death Toll Hits 15, Over 500 Unaccounted For

The Kenyan Army is still striving to secure the campus

 

The death toll of people killed after gunmen attacked Garissa University College in northeast Kenya on Thursday morning has risen to 15.

Kenya Red Cross officials said at least 65 people; including two policemen were injured by the attackers and have been rushed to hospital.

The two policemen and a civilian have been airlifted to Nairobi for treatment.

Masked gunmen stormed the university in northeast Kenya at dawn Thursday, at the campus not far from war-torn Somalia’s lawless border.

“Gunmen forced their way into Garissa University by shooting at the guards manning the main gate at around 5:30am,” said Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet.

According to the US Embassy in Kenya, Somali based Islamist group Alshabaab have claimed responsibility of the attack.

“There are many dead bodies of Christians inside the building. We are also holding many Christians alive” The Alshabaab reportedly informed.

Reports indicate that over 500 people are still unaccounted for, as Kenyan Defense Forces together with Police strive to rescue more students trapped inside the hostels.

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