Gunmen attack Kenya University - At least 30 wounded, 4 killed
02 April, 2015
Gunmen have taken students hostage and killed four people at a university in north-eastern Kenya, near the Somali border, aid workers and police say.
About 30 wounded after gunmen stormed Garissa University College. Troops have surrounded the campus and are engaging the attackers.

Witnesses spoke of the gunmen firing indiscriminately and there are fears the casualty toll could rise.

Islamist al-Shabab militants from Somalia have regularly targeted Kenya.

Garissa and other border areas have often been attacked, BBC reports.

guards were confirmed killed at the main university gate, with two policemen and a student among the injured. But eyewitnesses spoke of many casualties inside the building.

The gunmen reportedly ordered students to lie down on the floor, but at least 27 are known to have escaped and are at a military facility, BBC informs.

Garissa, 150km (90 miles) from the border with Somalia, has a large population of Kenyan Somalis.

Al-Shabab, which is part of al-Qaeda, has carried out a number of attacks in Kenya since 2011, when Kenyan troops were sent to Somalia to help fight the militant group there.

The deadliest attack targeted the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi in September 2013, when 67 people were killed.

Al-Shabab is fighting to create an Islamic state in Somalia and is banned as a terrorist group by both the US and the UK, BBC reports.