Kenya university attack: Security officers ignored intelligence reports

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Nairobi (Kenya) April 30: Kenya's security forces ignored intelligence reports prior to the attack on Garissa University College in the first week of April.

In a pre-dawn attack on April 2, at least 148, mostly students were killed when Somali-based Islamist al-Shabab attacked the university in the north-eastern town of Garissa.

Report ignored on Kenya varsity attack

Kenya's interior minister has said "Security officers ignored intelligence reports prior to the attack on Garissa University College," Kenya's interior minister Joseph Nkarissery was quoted as saying by BBC on Thursday.

He also admitted that the response was poorly co-ordinated. The attackers singled out Christians to be killed and spared Muslims. It was worst attack to date in Kenya by Al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

Read More: Al-Shabab threatens to stage more attacks in Kenya after Garissa University College

Al-Shabab has carried out a number of attacks in Kenya since 2011, when Kenyan troops were sent to Somalia to help fight the militant group there.

Al-Shabab is fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia and is banned as a terrorist group by both the US and Britain.

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