Grieving relatives were Friday searching for news or the remains of their loved ones after Somalia’s Shebab terrorists massacred 147 in a university in northeastern Kenya.
The day-long siege of Garissa University was Kenya’s deadliest attack since 1998, and the bloodiest ever by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants. The Kenyan government, however, vowed it would not be “intimidated”.
Survivors recounted how the masked gunmen taunted students before killing them, including forcing them to phone their parents to urge them to call for Kenyan troops to leave Somalia — before then still shooting them.
As the gunmen prowled the university rooms hunting down more people to kill, some students smeared blood from their dead friends over their bodies to pretend they too had been shot.
The day-long seige ended with four gunmen killed in a hail of heavy gunfire, and one suspect reportedly arrested. At least 79 people were also wounded in the attack on the campus, which lies near the border with Somalia.
On Friday, a huge crowd of traumatised and shocked survivors and relatives of those killed or missing gathered at the university gate.
Visiting the scene of the carnage, Kenya’s Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery vowed that the country would not bow to terrorist threats. “Kenya’s government will not be intimidated by the terrorists who have made killing innocent people a way to humiliate the government,” he told reporters, promising the government will “fight back”. “We shall win this war against our enemies.”