By Edith Honan

1April 2, 2015, GARISSA, Kenya (Reuters) – Gunmen from the Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed a university in Kenya and killed at least 147 people on Thursday, in the worst attack on Kenyan soil since the U.S. embassy was bombed in 1998.

The siege ended nearly 15 hours after the Somali group’s gunmen shot their way into the Garissa University College campus in a pre-dawn attack, sparing Muslim students and taking many Christians hostage.

Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said four gunmen strapped with explosives were behind the attack, the same number that killed 67 people during the 2013 bloodbath at a shopping mall in Nairobi.

“The operation has ended successfully. Four terrorists have been killed,” Nkaissery told Kenyan media.

Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinet said the attackers had “shot indiscriminately” when they entered the university compound.
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Students are evacuated from a university campus that was stormed by Islamist militant group al Shaba …

Police and soldiers surrounded the campus and exchanged gunfire with the attackers throughout the day but were repeatedly repelled. At least 79 people were injured and many airlifted to Nairobi, Kenya’s national disaster body said.

Al Shabaab, who carried out the deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi in 2013, claimed responsibility for the raid on the campus in Garissa, a town 200 km (120 miles) from the Somali border.

The group has links to al Qaeda and a record of raids on Kenyan soil in retaliation for Nairobi sending troops to fight it in its home state of Somalia.

Al Qaeda bombed the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on the same day in 1998, killing 224 people and wounding thousands of people.

The United States condemned the latest attack and offered Kenya help in fighting al Shabaab.

Military officers travel in a vehicle along a road in Garissa, in this still image taken from video …

One image provided by a local journalist showed a dozen blood-soaked bodies strewn across a single university classroom in Garissa. But some students managed to escape unaided.

“We heard some gunshots and we were sleeping so it was around five and guys started jumping up and down running for their lives,” an unnamed student told Reuters TV.

Authorities offered a 20 million shilling ($215,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of a man called Mohamed Mohamud, described as “most wanted” and linked to the attack.

Police chief Boinet said Kenya had imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on four regions near the Somalia border.

TOURISM AND RELIGION

Emergency vehicles are seen parked along a road in Garissa, in this still image taken from video sho …

Al Shabaab, which seeks to impose its own harsh version of sharia law, has separated Muslims from Christians in some of its previous raids in Kenya, notably late last year in attacks on a bus and at a quarry.

Its repeated raids, together with attacks on churches by home-grown Islamist groups, have strained the cordial relations between Kenya’s Muslim and Christian communities.

Having killed more than 200 people in Kenya over the past two years, Al Shabaab has also brought the tourism industry to its knees.

Thursday’s attack undermined a renewed drive by President Uhuru Kenyatta to persuade foreigners the country is now safe to visit.

On Wednesday, he had urged Kenyans abroad to help attract tourists back despite the wave of militant violence, criticizing a warning from Australia of a possible attack in Nairobi and an advisory from Britain urging its citizens to avoid most coastal resorts.

Kenya Defence Forces soldiers move behind a thicket in Garissa town in this photograph taken from a …

Grace Kai, a student at the Garissa Teachers Training College near the university, said there had been warnings that an attack in the town could be imminent.

“Some strangers had been spotted in Garissa town and were suspected to be terrorists,” she told Reuters.

“Then on Monday our college principal told us … that strangers had been spotted in our college… On Tuesday we were released to go home, and our college closed, but the campus remained in session, and now they have been attacked.”

Many Kenyans living in the crime-ridden frontier regions blame the government for not doing enough to protect its citizens from the militants.

Source: Reuters

11 thoughts on “Al Shabaab kills at least 147 at Kenyan university; siege ends

  1. Religious fanatics are the worst segment in humanity. Universal war, irrespective of political differences, should be waged against terrorists that swear in the name of this or that religion.

  2. The gun-men (the cowards) killed Garissa University students shouting, “God is great! Allah Akbar!” at the same time.

    Is there anyone out there who can genuinely explain to me or other readers how killing innocent people (people who have nothing to do with the crisis in Somalia) makes God great?

    If those cowards attack the military, the police, politicians or secret service, that might make a bit of sense. Because workers in those institutions are trained, armed and could defend themselves from similar attack.

    What makes the gun-men real cowards is that they target the innocent and defenseless people. On top of loss of human life, the most nauseating part of this tragedy is the song (God is great) the murders sing while killing other innocent people created in God’s image. Where is the greatness of God here? Is it because they think/believe they committed their heinous crime because God himself approved their action prior to the massacre? I just don’t get it.

    I argue strongly that, these killers/cowards will lose everything they stand for sooner or later. Because their action does not make any sense politically, religiously, culturally, etc., etc. One may kill plants, animals or people in his own name and not in God’s name. I respect Islam as a religion, but I hate what the lunatics do in the name of Islam.

    May God/Allah give us the wisdom to do the right thing!!!

    1. This people does not know nothing about Islam or does not represent muslim/Islam.They are pure satan. Islam does not teach us to kill people or even hurt in anyways. really muslims who follow the teaching of Islam is totally against this. People need to know who created these organization and fund them before blaming muslims. Terrorizing people is not acceptabl in Islam. I dont know which God they are calling when they kill innocent people, may be they are calling their god(lucifer).

  3. i am Christian Ethiopian . i hate extremists who kill innocent people because of the belief. but, i swear to tell you i have great respect and love for Muslim oroms than christian oromos. i fell safe and secured when i visit Muslim oromos regions than Christian oromos. we Ethiopians are unique and friendly people with our uniqueness. we are an example to the world. almost all Muslims are peaceful and great people especially Ethiopian Muslims. i love you and proud of you.

    1. @ Senayt, Axumait, K, Bingo, KK, MORESH, G7……

      we don’t buy your crocodile tears!!!!

      Im Christian & lots of my relatives are muslims, which I love them to death
      so the bottom line is you can try very hard to bring hatred between muslim & Christian at the end of the day we are OROOMOS!!!!

  4. please ayyaantuu remove SENAYTS garbage comment

    she keep change names like AXUMYT, K, KK, BINGO ….

    she belong some where else.

  5. First I want extend my condolences to the innocent victims of these criminal terror group al shabab. Secondly I want to say that they don’t represent average Muslims and the the Islamic faith in general. They are committing horrible crimes against innocent of both christen and Muslims community and also abusing the Islam as faith. This incident reminds me of similar one that happened in Mogadisho where university students graduating ceremony was bombed by alshabab and these students were muslims and somali. so alshabab are nothing but criminal gang.

    I want also say to the hyena called Senayt to have some manners. We all know the good cooperation between tplf and alshabaab, a senior Somali army officer who was interviewed after alshabab’s attack of Somali government compound which is also where the tplf embassy in Mogadishu is, was spared during the attack last year. Not only that but also the constantant demand of tplf to replace Kenyan army in juba region of Somalia makes tplf the prime suspect of continued attack of Kenyan target.

    Kenyan have tried to cut the biggest income source of alshabab which was the port of Kismayo but the attacks became more, according to security expert on east african affairs have pointed out the different agendas of all nations who are taking part in amison force in Somalia and the fight for influence in the whole east africa. the objective of these nations is not only to fight alshabab but to make sure the Somalia that emerges after departure of alshabab is shaped by them. tplf sees Kenyan involvement in Somalia as threat to future economic development of utopia.

    If Kenya becomes influential in both Somalia and south Sudan then what is there for poor utopia. Kenya have better prospect both economically and strategically and that poses a problem for future competitiveness and economical development of utopia. Utopia is trying it’s hardest to disrupt Kenyan deveopment and it’s using alshabab and the prove is that alshabab is cornered but is able to carry out sophisticated large attack inside Kenya where did they get their finances? TPLF =liyuu=alshabab.

  6. Related to the current Al Shabab gun men attacking Garissas University, The New York Times wrote:

    “In the 1960s, Somalia’s government sent guerrilla fighters across its border with Kenya. It was called the Shifta War. This part of Kenya is predominantly ethnic Somali; Somalia said it was simply trying to reclaim what it considered long lost territory.

    Now the Shabab are resurrecting that old argument. The Shabab tried to justify the attack on Thursday by saying this part of Kenya was “a Muslim land under colony.”
    A Shabab spokesman called the university part of Kenya’s “plan to spread their Christianity and infidelity.”

    In an audio message soon after the attack, a Shabab spokesman, Ali Mohamoud Raghe, said, “The university had been targeted because it was educating many Christian students in “a Muslim land under colony,” a reference to the large Somali population in a part of Kenya that Somalia once tried to claim. He called the university part of Kenya’s “plan to spread their Christianity and infidelity.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/04/world/africa/kenyan-students-describe-shabab-attack-on-garissa-university-college.html

    My fellow Oromos: Imagine that Somalia’s former President Siad Barre was successful to take all Oromo land he claimed to belong to Somalia (Hararghe, Bale, eastern Showa, and most parts of Sidama)! Oromos fate wouldn’t be different from that of today’s Kenya and Kenyans.

    That is why I argued in the past and now the long term ambition of Somalis to grab Oromo land by force is not dead, but to be resurrected by the merciless terrorist group called Al Shabab as reported by New York Times and several other media outlets.

    It is a grave mistake on our part to consider Somalis as an ally in our struggle to liberate our people and land from the grip of woyanes/TPLF. They are not trustworthy. The only good/trustworthy Somalis are dead Somalis.

    If Kenya’s and Kenyans suffering is not a lesson to Oromos and other Ethiopians, I really don’t know what is. It is a tragedy to be taken seriously as own today and fought back ferociously. No Oromo wants to fall under the merciless rule of the terror group, Al Shabab.

    1. You sick bastard who the hell do you think you are. now you have shown your true color. According to you all somali are trust worthy huh? Who are trust worthy asshole? Keep blowing your cover you bigoted Amhara boy.

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