147 killed as terrorists storm Kenyan college, 79 injured
(CNN) – We’re learning more about a brutal attack at a university in Kenya.
Around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, gunfire and explosions erupted outside the gates of Garissa University College.
As the gunmen made their way through campus, they continued to shoot until stopping at a girls’ dormitory.
“There were those who were not able to leave the hostels where the gunmen headed and started firing,” said Japhet Mwala. “I am lucky to be alive because I jumped through the fence with other students.”
According to AFP, the gunmen separated the students by religion and allowed Muslims to leave.
Officials say it is a common practice by the terrorist organization Al-Shabaab, which has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The smoke finally began to clear 15 hours later when authorities announced that four terrorists had been killed.
The Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre tweeted that 147 people were dead and they were planning to evacuate the surviving students.