Terrorists with the Somalia-based Al Shabaab stormed Garissa University College in Kenya, firing indiscriminately, injuring dozens, killing at least 15 and taking an untold number of people hostage.
Normally, 800 students are in the dorms and 1,000 staff in the facility, which is located about 90 miles from the border with Somalia.
So far, up to 60 have been hospitalized, CNN reported. Another 15 have been killed, Fox News reported. Other media put the death count differently, and officials say the number could rise.
Witness Milka Ndung’u told CNN affiliate NTV she heard gunshots that sounded “like fireworks” around 5 a.m. local time, interrupting morning prayers.
CNN reported the four guards at the campus gates were overpowered by the gunmen.
“We don’t know how many [attackers] there were, but there are probably more than 10,” said Robert Alai Onyango, a blogger in Nairobi. “We believe the attackers were wearing something close to military fatigues. … They surrounded the mosque. We don’t know why they were surrounding the mosque.”
The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi sent out a tweet expressing condolences: “We are saddened & angered by today’s terrorist attack @#Garrisa Univ.”
Al Shabaab, which has claimed responsibility for the attack, initiated a massive assault on the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi in 2013, killing 67.