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Kenya attack: At least 147 dead; Garissa campus now secure

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By Sarah Taylor  with AP
Kenya attack: At least 147 dead; Garissa campus now secure

<p>Kenyan government officials say the death toll in the attack on Garissa University has risen to at least 147. </p> <p>Masked gunmen stormed the campus in the east of Kenya early on Thursday morning (April 2), targeting Christians.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>The gunmen in Garissa have been isolated by the security forces in the female dormitories. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GarissaAttack?src=hash">#GarissaAttack</a> <a href="http://t.co/T84TN6mj5U">pic.twitter.com/T84TN6mj5U</a></p>— BBC Africa (@BBCAfrica) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCAfrica/status/583688987019186176">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Interior minister, Joseph Nkaissery, confirmed the operation to secure the university is now over, with all four al-Shabaab militants killed and hostages released.</p> <p>“The operation has ended successfully. All the terrorists are killed. The four terrorists are killed…” he announced. “This is a very sad day for Kenya… It’s unfortunate that the terrorists were able to kill young, good, citizens, very early in the morning.”</p> <p>All students are now accounted for: 587 students were successfully evacuated; 79 people were wounded, nine critically.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>Kenya: University attack highlights security failures <a href="http://t.co/0XmwPULw2y">http://t.co/0XmwPULw2y</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GarissaAttack?src=hash">#GarissaAttack</a> <a href="http://t.co/maqBU8AJid">pic.twitter.com/maqBU8AJid</a></p>— AmnestyInternational (@AmnestyOnline) <a href="https://twitter.com/AmnestyOnline/status/583684186839633921">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" align="center"><p>We condemn the attack on Garissa University. It's an attack against the right to education & the future of Kenya <a href="http://t.co/pveUFYIkvo">http://t.co/pveUFYIkvo</a></p>— UNESCO (@UNESCO) <a href="https://twitter.com/UNESCO/status/583727920595763200">April 2, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Al-Shabaab has links to al-Qaeda and a record of raids on Kenyan soil in retaliation for Nairobi sending troops to fight it in its home country of Somalia.</p>