Kenyan air force targets al-Shabaab camps after university attack

Kenya's air force air-bombed two Somalian al-Shabaab camps on Sunday in the first major military response to last week's university massacre.

The Interior Ministry yesterday said the son of a Kenyan government official has been identified as one of the suspects involved in the killing of at least 148 people at Garissa University College.

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Kenyans march over security and Garissa attack

Kenyan students have marched through Nairobi to mark the attack in Garissa. Credit: Reuters/Noor Khamis

Several hundred Kenyan students have marched through Nairobi to honour those who died in the attack on Garrisa University College by Islamic militant group al-Shabaab.

The protesters also called on the government to provide better security following the event during which 148 people, mainly Christians, were killed.

Kenyans are reportedly unhappy with the government's response to the Garissa attack. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya
Protesters marched to President Uhuru Kenyatta's office building Credit: Reuters
Protesters carried signs and placards in honour of the 148 victims of the Garissa attack. Credit: Reuters

Demonstrators carried placards which read: "You remain in our hearts!" and "RIP comrades."

The protesters stopped at President Uhuru Kenyatta's office building to present their demands, which include state compensation for the families of the victims who died in the Garissa attack, the construction of a memorial, and better security on campuses and in Kenya as a whole according to Associated Press.

Kenya carries out bombing raids on al-Shabaab camps

Kenya has claimed to have destroyed two camps inside Somalia, belonging to the Islamist terror group al-Shabaab.

The bombing raids were the first military response to last week's massacre of 148 mainly Christian university students.

ITV News reporter Rebecca Barry has the story:


Kenyan air force bombs Somali al-Shabaab camps

Kenya's air force air-bombed two Somalian al-Shabaab camps on Sunday in the first major military response to last week's university massacre.

A Kenya Defence Forces source said jets targeted camps in the Gedo region near the border of Kenya.

Cloud cover made it difficult to assess the damage or estimate the death toll, the source said.

Armed officers guard Kenya churches amid Easter services

Armed police officers have been guarding churches in Kenya to protect their Easter Sunday congregations following last week's university massacre.

Policemen walk in front of a Catholic church before an Easter Sunday service in Garissa. Credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
A church security woman searches a mother and her daughter for weapons. Credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
A pastor prays during an Easter Sunday service in a church in Garissa. Credit: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

Kenyan government official's son named as terror suspect

The son of a Kenyan government official has been identified as a suspected al Shabaab gunmen involving in the killing of students at a university, the Interior Ministry has said.

Spokesman Mwenda Njoka said Abdirahim Abdullahi was one of four gunmen who attacked the Garissa University College campus on Thursday, killing 148 people.

The father had reported to security agents that his son had disappeared from home... and was helping the police try to trace his son by the time the Garissa terror attack happened.

– Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka, speaking to Reuters

Kenya declares three days of mourning after Garissa attack

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared three days of national mourning following the attack on Garissa university which killed 148 people.

Mr Kenyatta, in an address to the nation, said the entire country felt the sorrow of the victims' families.

He called for unity and described the incident as an attack on humanity.


Kenyan officials: Five held over attack at university

Kenyan policemen stand guard in front of Garissa University College where 148 people were killed on Thursday. Credit: Reuters

Five men have been arrested in connection with the attack at a university in Kenya that left at least 148 people dead on Thursday, the country's Interior Ministry has said.

Three men men thought to have co-ordinated the assault are said to have been arrested trying to flee to Somalia. They were all Kenyans of Somali origin, as was a security guard held at the university.

A Tanzanian national was also arrested at the university.

New survivor found two days after college siege

Cynthia Cheroitich spoke of her relief at being found after her ordeal. Credit: APTN

A new survivor of the Garissa University massacre has been found, two days after the college came under siege from Islamic extremists.

Cynthia Charotich, 19, had remained undetected in the college building since Thursday and was only found at 10am this morning.

The teenager said she had hidden herself in a large cupboard and covered herself with clothes after gunmen from the al Shabaab group stormed the building and had not believed that rescuers urging her to come out were there to help.

"I was just praying to my God saying that if it has come to my day it has reached but if it is not yet, let God decide whatever he likes.

"At first I did not believe it [when Kenyan police came to rescue her], at first I was thinking that maybe they were the al-Shaabab, so I said 'how do I know that you are the Kenyan police?' Then they brought our professor, the principal, and then they told us this is your teacher, so you are safe now."

– Cynthia Charotich,

According to Kenyan medical staff, 148 people were killed during Thursday's attack.

Islamist militants 'threaten more attacks in Kenya'

Somali Islamist militants have threatened to stage more attacks in Kenya, after 148 people were killed during an assault at a university on Thursday.

In a statement, the group vowed a long war, saying Kenya's cities will "run red with blood".

No amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart another attack or prevent another bloodbath from occurring in your cities.

– Al Shabaab statement

Report: Five arrested over Kenyan University attack

Five people have been arrested in connection with an attack on a Kenyan university that killed at least 148 people, CNN reported, citing Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery.

Masked Al Shabaab gunmen strapped with explosives stormed the Garissa University College campus, 120 miles from the Somali border, in a pre-dawn rampage on Thursday. CNN gave no further details on the arrests.

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