Students who escaped the attack at a University in Kenya have spoken about the horrific incident with one survivor telling the Associated Press that, “If you were a Christian, you were shot on the spot.”
All four gunmen have been shot dead by Kenyan security forces after a siege that lasted nearly 15 hours.
The four militants entered Garissa University College, around 90 miles from the border with Somalia, at around 5:30 a.m. They headed for the students’ residential blocks and took hostages.
“We sorted people out and released the Muslims,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters.
One student, Collins Wetangula, told the AP that when the militants entered his hostel he could hear them opening doors and asking if the people inside were Muslims or Christians.
“If you were a Christian you were shot on the spot. With each blast of the gun I thought I was going to die,” he said.
Along with the 147 killed, officials said 79 people had been injured, according to the BBC.
There hasn’t been an attack this deadly since the embassy bombing in Nairobi, in which 213 people lost their lives.