Innenriksministeren i Kenya sier dødstallene på universitet i Garissa har steget til 147. Det er en massakre. Al-Shabaab skryter selv av at de skilte muslimer fra ikke-muslimer og drepte de sistnevnte. Det er samme fremgangsmåte som Boko Haram.
Kenya’s interior minister, Joseph Nkaissery, said that 147 people had been killed, including four attackers. He contended that the deadly siege of the university had ended, with security forces now carefully sweeping the campus for any remaining threats.
Al-Shabaab påtok seg ansvaret via en radiostasjon de kontrollerer.
It said its fighters attacked the university early Thursday morning, began separating Muslims from non-Muslims and started an “operation against the infidels.” The group said in its statement earlier in the day that its fighters were still inside the university.
Under et tilsvarende angrep på kjøpesenteret Westgate i Nairobi i 2013 ble 67 mennesker drept. Garissa er altså dobbelt så dødelig.
In 2014, the Shabab attacked a church in the coastal town of Likoni, and carried out two attacks on buses in the northeastern county of Madera. In those attacks, too, riders were separated according to religion, and a total of 64 were killed, including a group of teachers returning home from vacation.
Recent security warnings have emphasized a continued risk of attack by the Shabab.