Many Dead, Hostages Taken as Gunmen Attack Kenyan University

October 12, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

At least 147 people have been confirmed dead and 79 wounded, according to the National Disaster Operation Center of Kenya. More than 500 students have been rescued and all staff has been accounted for.

At least 14 people were confirmed dead Thursday morning as gunmen stormed Garissa University College in Kenya, taking hostages and firing at security forces for several hours.

On a campus of 815 students, only 280 were accounted for roughly nine hours after the attack began, with scores wounded. The Kenyan Red Cross stated that 50 of the hostages had been freed, although the amount of students taken is still unknown, and the National Disaster Operation Center of Kenya said 65 people had been admitted to a hospital, most with gunshot wounds. Four were airlifted to Nairobi, the capital, for treatment.

The town of Garissa is roughly 90 miles south of the Somali border. The swarm of gunmen ambushed the campus before dawn on Thursday, with survivors reporting that they fired on students and personnel indiscriminately. The New York Times reports:

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