News just in is that the Garissa university campus siege has ended after the reported 4 terrorists were killed. CS Nkaissery broke the news at 9pm by stating that the siege has ended but it is unfortunate that 147 Kenyans died from the gun attack that lasted for about 15 hours.
In the early morning, about four gunmen from the Islamist militant group Al Shabaab stormed a Kenyan university campus during morning prayers, killing a number students and staff, and taking others hostage. Police and soldiers surrounded the college, and exchanges of gunfire have been going on all day.
KDF forces have stormed a dormitory held by al-Shabab gunmen who had attacked a university campus in the town of Garissa in northeast Kenya.
The operation began after members of the Somalia-based group killed at least 15 people and took an unknown number hostage after dawn on Thursday. The sound of heavy fighting could be heard and smoke could be seen coming from the building where the fighters were holed up, witnesses told Al Jazeera on Thursday evening.
Terrified students streamed out of buildings, some young men shirtless, as arriving police officers hunkered down, taking cover, witnesses said.
The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group said their gunmen were holding Christian hostages inside the complex in revenge for Nairobi’s troops fighting in Somalia.
The gunmen divided students at the university between Muslims and non-Muslims, letting the Muslim students go, the group’s spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told AFP news agency by telephone.
Rage said the armed group had targeted Kenya for its involvement African Union mission against al-Shabab in Somalia.
“When our men arrived, they released some people, the Muslims, and it is them that alerted the government. We are holding the others hostage,” he said, adding those seized were Christians, but not saying how many there were.