Students held hostage in Kenya university attack

Al-Shabab gunmen attacked a college in northeast Kenya early Thursday, targeting Christians and killing at least 15 people and wounding 60 others, witnesses said. Even as security forces cornered the gunmen in a dormitory at Garissa University College where they could be holding hostages, survivors described to The Associated Press a harrowing scene, where people were mercilessly gunned down and bullets whistled through the air as they ran for their lives.

All I could hear were footsteps and gunshots nobody was screaming because they thought this would lead the gunmen to know where they are.

Collins Wetangula, vice chairman of the student union

The town of Garissa is around 90 miles west of Somalia and has in the past been targeted by militants from the Al-Qaida-linked Shebab. The university has several hundred students from different parts of Kenya. Kenya’s government has been under fire since the September 2013 Shebab attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, in which at least 67 people were killed in a siege involving just four gunmen and which lasted four days.