Up to 150 people have been murdered by al-Shabaab terrorists who stormed a Kenyan university, shooting and beheading Christians in the worst attack in the country in 17 years.
The group raided the Garissa University campus shortly after 5am local time, overwhelming guards and murdering people they suspected of being a Christian.
Tonight, the death toll had risen to 147 and the siege ended, according to the country’s disaster response agency.
Kenyan security officials at the scene said dozens of hostages were freed and four of the gunmen were killed.
One Kenyan police source said there were 147 dead and another police source said 160.
A third source put the death toll at around 80 but said there were so many bodies that he could not do a proper count as night fell with no electrical power to light the scene.
Initially there were said to be 70 fatalities and a further 79 people had been wounded. The attack is believed to be the worst terrorist attack on Kenyan soil since the bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi in 1998 which killed more than 200 people.
The terrorists stuck mid-way through Holy Week, the most solemn period in the Christian calendar. Tonight, the Christian students were planning to celebrate the Last Supper in preparation tomorrow for Good Friday.