Kenya

Gunmen Attack Kenyan University, Students Held Hostage

A number of people are reported injured in the attack

Gunmen Thursday morning stormed Moi University campus in Garissa Town in neighboring Kenya causing a major siege and casualties.

About two University guards have been killed in the attack according to local media and a number of students injured.

An unconfirmed number of students have also been held hostage,  and the national army is currently exchanging fire with the attackers

Gunshots and explosions were heard from the compound for hours as police and military were mobilized to the institution.

It is not clear who is behind the incident but witnesses say there is heavy presence of police and military in the area. Somalia based Alshabaab terrorists are highly suspected to be behind the attack which started about 4am this morning.

Witnesses say the gunmen went into the university as students went for morning prayers. Those calling from inside the university say there are many casualties.

Area residents say Kenya Defense Forces have surrounded the compound.

The attack 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. Witnesses said ambulances were carrying casualties to Nairobi.

Local security bosses say there had been threats on the institutions in the area from terror a group.

“We had the threats earlier on and alerted the institutions here, ” said a security official who asked not to be named.

The official added that a policeman who rushed there for rescue mission was among those injured in the siege.

In Nairobi, security officials were put on alert over fears of a similar attack. Security bosses were mobilized for a crisis meeting to monitor the situation.

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