Al-Shabaab militants claim responsibility for Garissa University attack

An injured woman is wheeled into a plane to be airlifted to Nairobi for treatment following the attack at Garissa University College. PHOTO | AGGREY MUTAMBO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • A spokesman told AFP the group was behind the early morning assault on the university in Garissa and had taken non-Muslims hostage.
  • He said those seized were Christians and added that "our people are still there, they are fighting and their mission is to kill those who are against the Shabaab."
  • Gunfire could still be heard sporadically six hours after the attack began, as Kenya's Interior ministry said the "attackers have been cornered in one hostel."
  • The town of Garissa is around 150 kilometres (90 miles) west of Somalia and has in the past been targeted by militants from the Al-Shabaab.



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