Students from Kenya University taken hostage by al-Shabab 


April 2, Nairobi: At least 15 people have been killed when a group of gunmen from the militant Islamist group al-Shabab stormed a Kenya university before dawn Thursday, firing indiscriminately and taking hostages. Reports say 65 others were wounded.

Security and interior ministry officials said that 550 people are unaccounted for at the campus that had about 815 students and

Witnesses said masked attackers fired indiscriminately and there are fears there could be more casualties.

Al-Shabab, which is linked to al-Qaeda, said it was holding Christians hostage and freeing Muslims.

Hostages from the two groups had been separated, and 15 of the Muslims had already been released, a spokesman for the group told the BBC.

In previous attacks in north-eastern Kenya, al-Shabab spared the lives of Muslims while killing non-Muslims.

About five masked gunmen are said to have stormed the university.

Kenya’s Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery told journalists that one of the militants had been killed as he tried to flee.

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