Attacks on Kenyan University

Written by: Helen Huang

On Thursday April 2nd, Somali militants burst into Garissa University College in Nairobi, Kenya. Nearly 150 students were killed. According to the witnesses, the heavily armed attackers hit the school around 5:30 in the morning. They eliminated the two security guards before invading the dormitory where most students and staff members live. Students describe being awakened by the sound of gunshot and being asked whether they are Christian or Muslim. The Christian believers were shot at sight. Among the 500 students who tempted to escape, seventy-nine were injured and nine critically injured students had to be airlifted to the capital Nairobi for treatments.

After a while, the gun shots were more focused in the lower area. Shootings then broke out between the military enforcement and the terrorists. By the time the Kenyan commandos had the attackers under control (four were shot and one arrested),147 people were already killed by the intruders. Right after the attack, the Somali terrorist group admitted being responsible for the incidence lead by Mohamed Kuno, a high-ranking al-Shabab.

Al-Shabab claimed that it attacked the university because it was at war with Kenya. It also believed that the university was passing out Christianity religion in class and ruining Muslim culture. In the past, Shabab has killed hundreds of Kenyans—on the country bus, in churches or in malls.

President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the need of recruit and gathered around 10 000 people. He vowed to crack down the terrorists who have been corrupting his city. The US and the European Union have the intention of helping out the event. President Obama will visit Kenya himself in June for further discussion about the incidence.