The gunmen burst into early morning Christian prayers, took hostages from the service and shoot around. As many as 50 students were freed, and at least 65 people were hospitalized from the attack, the Kenyan Red Cross said. Even nine hours after the attack began, heavy gunfire and explosions continued. The responsibility for the assault was claimed by the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group. One terrorist was arrested as he tried to slip through the security cordon and flee the scene. “This is a moment for everyone throughout the country to be vigilant as we continue to confront and defeat our enemies,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said. “We are saddened & angered by today’s terrorist attack @ #Garissa Univ.,” the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi tweeted.
A security operation is over and 147 people have been killed. Dozens more were injured and hundreds of students unaccounted for.Four attackers were killed during the operation.Police identified a possible mastermind of the attack as Mohammed Mohamud and they posted a $220,000 bounty for him.