Paramedics help a woman who was injured during an attack by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shabab gunmen on the Moi University campus in Garissa on April 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA
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Kenyan security officials at the scene of an attack by Islamic extremists on a college in northeast Kenya say the security operation to free hostages is over and that the death toll may be as high as around 150 .Al-Shabab gunmen stormed a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, in the group's bloodiest attack in the East African country, officials said.One of the survivors of Thursday's attack, Collins Wetangula, told The Associated Press he was preparing to take a shower when he heard gunshots coming from Tana dorm, which hosts both men and women, 150 meters away. The campus has six dorms and at least 887 students, he said.Authorities were only able to account for 292 of the university's 815 students more than 11 hours after the start of the attack that sent them scattering for safety, Nkaissery said.The soldier told students later that Al-Shabab snipers were perched on a three-story dormitory called the Elgon, he said.Last month, Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for attacks in Mandera county on the Somali border in which 12 people died.Police said 312 people have been killed in al-Shabab attacks in Kenya from 2012 to 2014 .
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