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Kenya University Massacre: Five Arrested

The arrests come as survivors tell how victims were made to phone their parents, before being shot dead.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the massacre of 148 people at Kenya’s Garissa University, according to sources, . The arrests were reported by CNN, citing Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery. They come after a reward of  £148,370 was offered for the capture of alleged mastermind, former teacher Mohammed Mohamud.

Yesterday survivors told how Islamist gunmen taunted students before shooting them. At least 148 people were killed and 79 hurt as Somalia’s al Shabaab extremists targeted Christians, some praying at a lecture hall. The hall was one of the first sites the gunmen targeted. That suggested the masked attackers, who were strapped with bombs and armed with AK-47s, planned their operation extensively, said students.

They claimed many victims were forced to phone their parents and urge them to call for Kenyan troops to leave Somalia – before shooting them. Others appeared to have been killed by knives in the attack in eastern Kenya, near the Somali border. But some students were freed, apparently because they were Muslim. It was the worst terror attack since al Qaeda bombed the US embassy in Nairobi in 1998, killing more than 200 people.

Video has emerged of the university massacre, showing students running for their lives and hiding behind bushes as bullets whistled by. The 12-hour siege ended with four gunmen killed and one suspect reportedly arrested. The militant group has struck Kenya several times in recent years including at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in 2013 where 67 people were killed. Al Shabaab said the attack was in retaliation for Kenya sending troops to Somalia in 2011 to fight the militants and stabilise the Mogadishu government.

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