Early wake up call saved me, says Garissa student

2015-04-02 13:14
Students of the Garissa University College take shelter in a vehicle after fleeing from an attack by gunmen in Garissa (AP)

Students of the Garissa University College take shelter in a vehicle after fleeing from an attack by gunmen in Garissa (AP)

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Garissa- Ali Swabri Hussein woke up earlier than usual today to head to his usual morning prayers at a nearby Garissa mosque, not knowing that the early call would save him from a terrorist attack at the Garissa University College in Kenya.

Hussein, like most Muslims, usually wakes up early to head out to morning prayers but on Thursday he woke up slightly earlier than usual and made his way to the mosque.

"I'm usually up at 05:20 and leave for the mosque at 05:40 but today I was up at four because I was feeling unusually hot," he told News24 Kenya on the scene of the attack.

"After I had tried and failed to fall asleep again, I woke up at 04:30 and prepared to leave. I left the hostel at just after five and headed to the mosque," he added.

"It is now that I realise that if I had stuck to my usual routine, maybe things would have been very different," he said.

Hussein says his hostel mates have been freed by security forces but fears that maybe one or two people he knows might fall victim to the attack.

"I'm praying for all those inside to be safe and hope that the police can save them," he adds.

According to reports, the attackers are separating the Muslim students from ones of other religions with the aim of killing them.

So far it has been confirmed that 15 people have been killed in the attack and 56 injured including four security officers.

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