Kenya university terror attack: 147 killed

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Garissa (Kenya), April 3: Kenya saw its deadliest terror attack on Thursday as Al-Shabab gunmen went on the rampage in a university in northeastern Kenya and gunned down 147 people. Four militants were killed by the security forces to end the siege just after the sunset.

The masked attackers with explosives and AK47s picked up non-Muslim students at Garissa University College and gunned them down without mercy, witnesses said. Others ran for cover.

Kenya varsity terror attack: 147 killed

Kenya's Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said the militants exploded themselves when they were fired at by the security forces and that shrapnel wounded some of the security officers as well.

Al-Shabab spokesman Ali Mohamud Raga said fighters from the Somalia-based extremist group were responsible for the disaster. The al Qaeda-linked group was blamed in the past for a series of attacks in Kenya, including the one in a reputed shopping mall in capital Nairobi in 2013 that killed 67 people and other violence in the north. Al-Shabab vowed to retaliate against Kenya for sending soldiers to Somalia four years ago to fight the militants carrying out cross-border attacks.

Kenya varsity terror attack: 147 killed

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