At least four people were killed and scores wounded on Thursday when masked gunmen stormed a university campus near Kenya’s border with Somalia, taking students hostage and exchanging fire with security forces over several hours.
GARISSA, KENYA (APRIL 2, 2015) (REUTERS) – Masked gunmen stormed a college in a Kenyan town near the border with Somalia on Thursday (April 2) killing at least four people and leaving another 40 wounded.
Students were trapped inside the campus at the Garisssa University College as the masked men exchanged gunfire with security forces.
Most of the wounded had been hit by gunfire and four were in a critical condition, the country’s National Disaster Operation Centre said on its Twitter feed.
No group claimed responsibility for the raid.
Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab, which has links to Al Qaeda, has carried out several attacks in Garissa and across Kenya in the past.
Al Shabaab, which was responsible for an deadly attack in 2013 on the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, has vowed to punish Kenya for sending troops into Somalia alongside African Union peacekeepers to fight the group.