Al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Shabaab Muslim terrorists asked students whether they were Christian or Muslim as they went door-to-door killing at least
15 147 Christians and injuring many more. Many, perhaps hundreds, are feared being held hostage inside the college as the attack continues with only one arrest so far.
Al Shanaab claims there are dozens of bodies inside the dormitory and Kenya will be shocked when it learns the death toll. #GarissaAttack
— Martin Cuddihy (@MartinCuddihy) April 2, 2015
UK Daily Mail (h/t Maria J) Kenya is only about 20% Muslim. The group raided the Garissa University campus shortly after 5am local time, overwhelming guards and killing anyone the suspected of being a Christian. Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said that only 280 of the 815 students in the college have so far been accounted for.
Kenyan Security officials have offered a $220,000 bounty for Mohammed Mohamud, known as Dulyadin, alias Gamadhere, who they suspect of masterminding the attack and is in charge of al-Shabaab’s external operations against the country.
It is understood that some of the terrorists have taken sniper positions and have been shooting police officers trying to retake the campus. Police say, ‘We are finding it difficult to access the compound because some of the attackers are on top of a building and are firing at us whenever we try to gain entry.’
A spokesman for al-Shabaab said it was claiming responsibility for the latest atrocity. Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s ‘military operations spokesman’ said: ‘We sorted people out and released the Muslims.’There are many dead bodies of Christians inside the building. We are also holding many Christians alive. Fighting still goes on inside the college.’
He is believed to have spent time teaching in a hard-line madrassa before becoming a senior member of the Somali terror organization. He claimed responsiblity for an earlier attack in Makka, Kenya, on November 22, 2014, when 28 people were murdered.
Eye Witness reports on how the attack unfolded:
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