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Somali Islamists claim deadly attack on Kenyan university

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By Tokunbo Salako  with Reuters
Somali Islamists claim deadly attack on Kenyan university

A hostage siege is now underway at a Kenyan university attacked by Somali Islamist gunmen this morning.

The number of people wounded has reportedly risen to 65.

At least 14 people are said to have been killed and dozens hurt when masked gunmen raided the Garissa University College.

Police and soldiers have sealed off the campus that lies close to the border with Somalia.

In a statement, the head of Kenya’s police force, Joseoph Boinet, said: “the attackers shot indiscriminately while inside the university compound.”

He also added that police had been guarding the university’s four hostels at the time.

Al-Shabab, which has links to al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility.
Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, its military operations spokesman, told Reuters, “we sorted people put and released the Muslims.”

The group was behind a deadly attack in 2013 on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, having declared it would punish Kenya for sending troops into Somalia to fight the group.