Garissa survivor found two days later

2015-04-04 13:26
A survivor from the attack at Garissa University is rushed into hospital. (File, AP)

A survivor from the attack at Garissa University is rushed into hospital. (File, AP)

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Garissa - Kenyan medical staff say a survivor of the killings at Garissa University College was found on Saturday, two days after the attack by Islamic extremists killed 148 people, AP reported.

Kenyan authorities on Saturday rescued a survivor who had been hiding in the college since Thursday.

Cynthia Charotich, 19, said from her hospital bed on Saturday that she hid in a large cupboard and covered herself with clothes, refusing to emerge even when some of her classmates came out of hiding at the demands of the gunmen from the al-Shabaab group.

Kenyan officials said she was rescued shortly before 10:00. Charotich said she didn't believe that rescuers urging her to come out of her hiding place were there to help, suspecting at first that they were militants.

Meanwhile, Kenyan police also arrested five men in connection with the university massacre, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

"Five people have been arrested, they are in custody and under interrogation," Interior Ministry spokesperson Mwenda Njoka told AFP, noting that the four gunmen in the university were killed on Thursday at the end of the day-long siege.

"Three were the co-ordinators who were arrested while trying to flee to Somalia, two were arrested within the precincts of Garissa University."

Suspected militant found hiding with grenades

The day-long siege of Garissa University was Kenya's deadliest attack since the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi, and the bloodiest ever by the al-Qaeda-affiliated militants.

The name of the three suspected organisers were not given, but Njoka said the two arrested on campus included a security guard at the university, and a Tanzanian found hiding.

The Tanzanian was reportedly arrested on the campus on Friday, found hiding as people carried out the grim work of clearing the piles of bodies that the gunmen had killed.

"One is a Tanzanian called Rashid Charles Mberesero, he was hiding in the ceiling of the university and had grenades," Njoka said.

"The second is a guard at the facility who actually facilitated the attackers, he was in possession of jihadist materials. His name is Osman Ali Dagane, a Kenyan of Somali origin."

United States embassy vehicles were seen entering the campus - in past attacks including the Westgate massacre, FBI investigators helped Kenyan police with forensic examinations.

"Forensics and investigations are still going on," he said.

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