six heavily armed suicide Al Shabaab Fighters stormed the university in the wee hours of Thursday morning at around 4 am. Two watchmen are reported to have been killed
and many students are locked up in hostels. A number of students and members of staff have managed to escape but the attackers are reportedly holding a number of students hostage.
A map showing Garissa University College in north-eastern Kenya. Gunmen attacked the institution on April 2, 2015.
A message leaked from a student who is hiding in his hostel room inside Garissa university:
“Cheruiyot B Kimutai : Garissa university under Alshabab attack please pray for me and other comrades. they have been exchanging fires with the police from 4am. am in my room ( hostel ) hoping ntaprnya kutoka . please mnisaidie na credo to communicate through text na wenye wako nje .”
According to reports by witnesses; two guards were killed and several people injured after gunmen attacked Garissa University College on Thursday morning.
Kenya Red Cross officials say two policemen and a student were injured by the attackers and have been rushed to hospital.
The gunmen are said to have attacked the institution around 5.30am Thursday.
Unconfirmed reports state that students may have been taken hostage.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said there was a shootout between attackers and police officers who were guarding the students’ hostels.
“The attackers shot indiscriminately while inside the university compound.
“However, the attackers retreated and gained entry into the hostels….a joint force composed of NPS officers and other security agencies arrived and are engaged in an elaborative process of flushing out the gunmen from the hostels,” he said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
KDF and police have entered the university’s compound.
Here some of the tweets in reference to the situation: