The gunmen had opened fire at guards causing a “fierce shootout” with police guarding student dorms, Kenya’s National Police Service said in a statement. The attackers managed to infiltrate the forms, raising the possibility of hostage-taking. At least two people were killed and dozens were injured when gunmen attacked Garissa University in eastern Kenya early Thursday, police said. The gunmen had opened fire at guards causing terrified students as police officers arrived on the scene.
Kenya Red Cross said 30 casualties were taken to a hospital and four of them were in critical condition. Kenya’s National Disaster Operations Center said most of the injured suffered gunshot wounds. Police officer Musa Yego told The Associated Press that police and military surrounded the buildings and were trying to secure the area. Abass Gulett, head of the Red Cross in Kenya, said fighting was ongoing as security forces tried to retake some university blocks from the gunmen. “We understand (the security forces) have secured some blocks of the university,” Gulett said. The National Disaster Operations Center said on Twitter that three of the four dorms have been evacuated, with the attackers cornered off in one dorm