Masked gunmen have attacked a university in south central Kenya on Thursday morning.
Shots within Garissa University College resulted in 30 people injured – four of which critical – and subsequently hospitalized, according to Kenya Red Cross. Arnolda Shiundu, spokesperson for the Kenyan Red Cross, said that majority of the victims suffered gunshot wounds.
Two soldiers and a civilian have been transported to Nairobi, she added.
Al-Shabab militants has claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Shabaab has been carrying out attacks in Kenya since 2011, after the government sent troops to Somalia to fight the militant faction.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article was published when no extremist group has taken responsibility for the attack.
They are also responsible for the September 2013 Nairobi attack on the Westgate shopping center. The incident had resulted to 67 deaths.
Milka Ndung’u, a witness, said that gunshots started at 5am, and they sounded “like fireworks.”
Local newspaper journalist Steven Astariko said that around 300 students fled the premises and took refuge at a Kenya Defense Forces camp.
U.S. Embassy in Nairobi tweeted their condolences.
Police asked people to stay away from the site of the attack.
Among the confirmed dead were two guards stationed at the main gate of the university. However, witnesses say they saw several more casualties.
The gunmen instructed the students to lie down on the floor.
Some students had escaped from the shots and arrived at one of their teachers’ house in the morning.
Augustine Alanga, one of the students, said, “It was horrible, there was shooting everywhere.”
According to CNN, the U.S. Embassy had issued a warning last month regarding attacks “throughout Kenya in the near-term.” This announcement came after Adan Garaar, an Al-Shabaab leader, had died.
“Although there is no information about a specific location in Kenya for an attack, U.S. citizens are reminded that the potential for terrorism exists,” the warning said.
The university was established in 2011 and is the only public university in the region.
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