Terrorists attack on Kenyan College kills 147
The massacre that killed 147 people and wounded scores of others at a Kenyan university lasted for hours Thursday before the terror was over. The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the assault.
A total of 147 people were killed Thursday, according to the official Twitter account of Kenya's National Disaster Operation Centre and Kenyan media reports. The agency also said 79 people were injured and 587 people were evacuated. Four gunmen were killed, officials said. Islamist gunmen burst into the university before dawn Thursday, shooting students and taking hostages during early morning prayer services. At one point, the attackers cornered a building in which 360 students live, but some of the students escaped, Nkaissery said.
The death toll is the highest in a terror attack on Kenyan soil since the U.S. Embassy was bombed in 1998. More than 200 people died in the Nairobi blast. In 2011 the Government upgraded the Garissa Teacher Training College to a degree awarding institution. The institution was then reconstituted as the Garissa University College (GUC) and a constituent college of the Moi University. The institution was granted the powers to offer education and training at the degree level while at the same time retaining its traditional mandate as a middle level college offering Diplomas and certificates in the technical and vocation fields. As a constituent college of the Moi University, the degrees awarded by the institution would be conferred by the Moi University.
Witnesses say the gunmen went into the university as students were going for morning prayers. Students who escaped the attack said there were at least five gunmen.On March 25th, the University of Nairobi security department had circulated a memo warning of an impending terror attack by the Al Shabaab based on intelligence gathered. They warned that the attacks included a “major university” which was not named in the memo. Here is the memo.
PM of India condemns the terror attack in Kenya
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condemned the terror attack in Kenya. "Terror attack in Kenya is horrific. It is most distressing that a university campus was attacked in this manner. Utterly condemnable", the Prime Minister said.
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