A Kenyan soldier takes position as a heavy gunfight continues in front of Garissa University College, in northeastern Kenya, on April 2, 2015.
A Kenyan soldier takes position as a heavy gunfight continues in front of Garissa University College, in northeastern Kenya, on April 2, 2015.Dai Kurokawa—EPA
A Kenyan soldier takes position as a heavy gunfight continues in front of Garissa University College, in northeastern Kenya, on April 2, 2015.
Students of Garissa University College take shelter in a vehicle after fleeing from an attack on the campus, in northeastern Kenya, on April 2, 2015.
A woman reacts as she is rescued from where she had been held hostage after militants rampaged Garissa University College, in northeastern Kenya, on April 2, 2015.
Kenyan soldiers prepare to sweep a building at Garissa University College after gunmen attacked the campus, in northeastern Kenya, on April 2, 2015.
Medics help an injured person at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi after being airlifted from the site of an attack at Garissa University College, in northeastern Kenya, on April 2, 2015.
A Kenya Defence Forces soldier stands guard before they ended a siege by gunmen in the university campus of the northeastern town of Garissa on April 2, 2015.
Students evacuated from Garissa University listen to an address by Interior Minister for Security Joseph Ole Nkaissery before they are transported to their home regions from a holding area on April 3, 2015.
Members of Kenya's police force look out from the back of a truck as it enters the university campus of the northeastern town of Garissa on April 3, 2015.
A Kenyan soldier takes position as a heavy gunfight continues in front of Garissa University College, in northeastern Ke
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Witness Scenes From the Kenya University Attack

Apr 02, 2015

At least 147 people were killed, and 79 others wounded, on Thursday after masked al-Shabaab militants stormed a dormitory complex on the Garissa University College campus. More than 500 students were rescued, according to the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre. "If you were a Christian," one student recalled to the Associated Press, "you were shot on the spot."

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