Kenya Garissa Students Taken Hostage by al-Shabab

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Gunmen from the militant Islamist group al-Shabab have killed not less than 15 people and taken students hostage at a university in north-eastern Kenya. BBC reports:

Reports say 65 others were wounded when gunmen stormed the campus in Garissa. The government says troops have killed two attackers but fighting is ongoing. Over 500 students are unaccounted for, but the number of hostages is unclear.

Al-Shabab, a Somali militant group 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 al-Shabab told the BBC.

Live updates from Garissa siege The Kenyan government has named Mohamed Kuno, a high-ranking al-Shabab official, as the mastermind of the attack. It placed a bounty of $53,000 (£36,000) on him which was later raised to $217,000 (£140,000). A BBC Somali Service reporter says Mohamed Kuno was headmaster at an Islamic school in Garissa before he quit in 2007.

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