Horror, despair as militants kill 70 in Kenya attacks

2015-04-02 20:54
(Khalil Senosi, AP)

(Khalil Senosi, AP)

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Kenya - 70 people have been confirmed dead and over 100 injured after gunmen attacked a university in north eastern Kenya on Thursday.

The gunmen, believed to be between 5 and 10 in number attacked the Garissa University College, situated some 400km north of Kenya’s capital Nairobi and killed the 70, mostly students, security personnel and police; with the number believed to be higher, according to unofficial reports.

The Al-Shabaab militia group took responsibility for the attack.

The gunmen attacked the institution at 05:30, killing police officers who were guarding the institution’s entrance before retreating to the hostels where students were asleep and first shooting indiscriminately, according to witnesses.

It was also reported from survivors that the gunmen, after gaining access to the hostels, took time to differentiate Muslims from non Muslims before shooting and also beheaded some of their victims.

13 hours on, the operation to neutralise the attack was still ongoing, with Kenya’s Interior Ministry announcing that it had killed four of the militia.

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta in a reactionary move announced that 10 000 police recruits would immediately head to training to boost the number of police officers in the country.

There was anger though from Kenyans who blamed the government for not doing enough to prevent the increased number of attacks in the country and unnecessary loss of lives.

In 2014 alone, 378 lives were lost in terrorist attacks in Kenya, all coming in the backdrop of the horrific Westage Mall attack in Nairobi which saw 67 people killed by militants in September 2013

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