The terror that woke the students of Garissa university at the dawn of yesterday’s morning has finally ended but ended very bloody. When the onlookers said they were expecting the number to climb, I did not expect it to hike this much. Surprisingly, just few hours after it was reported yesterday that 15 people have been killed by the extremists, it took an overwhelming hike from 15 to 70 and now to 147. At the moment, some of the bodies of the 147 victims killed by the militants group still lie on the floor, waiting to be taken to Nairobi where the rest of the bodies have been taken for identification.
Most of the victims are reported to have come from other parts of the country. As town people stare from a distance to see whats happening, the ambulances convey bodies from the school gates of the university to Nairobi. Although the soldiers try to shoo them away from the scene but they would not stop coming back to see whats going on. Thursday morning changed a small town where nothing much often happens as masked militants called Al-Shabaab stomped the university shooting indiscriminately at students. More shockingly, a day later there are still bodies waiting to be transported to the heart of Kenya. According to a medic, most of the bodies had been seen shot from behind in the back of the head with their faces down.
While hundreds of survivors gathered in huge groups at the airport as they wait to be airlifted out to their various hometowns, some others were seen with their suitcases boarding buses. As result of the standoff that took place yesterday at the university, the education ministry has closed their school indefinitely.
Some of the students who survived the attack scaled the fence while some hid somewhere for over four hours listening to the gunfire.
According to what a witness said, Al-Shabaab gunman had first raided a Christian prayer service, where they shot some and took others hostage. Then they went across campus with them, shooting non-Muslims and sparing Muslims. The terror group singled out christians and muslims, killed Christians while leaving the Muslims to go unharmed. Keep in mind that Somali terror group Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda affiliate had earlier claimed responsibility for the university attack.
The interior ministry has posted a “Most Wanted” notice for a man linked to it. It offered a reward of 20 million Kenyan shillings, about $215,000, to anybody with the information that will link the government to Mohamed Mohamud, who goes by the aliases Dulyadin and Gamadhere. According to reports, the most wanted man in Kenya is the man who planned the attack.
The police have declared a curfew for the next several days in the region from 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m
Meanwhile, in the capital of Nairobi, an old debate started again bringing up the big question; Is the nation’s security strong enough? Kenyan authorities are to hold an emergency meeting to assess security in the region. Even though, there has been criticism that Garissa University should have been better protected knowing it is very close to Somali’s border with Kenya. Also, many Kenyans thought measures taken after the Westgate Mall massacre in September 2013 killing at least 67 people, had bridged the gaps. However, Thursday’s attack which is the second worst in Kenya’s history has drained much of the confidence gained after Westgate attack. After the attack Kenyan President Uhuru gave directives to process the training of 10000 new police recruits, that has been held up by Civil liberty concerns.
According to the President
Kenya badly needs additional officers,” he said, “and I will not keep the nation waiting.”
Burials for the Muslims victims in the attack are expected to start taking place.
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