April 2, at dawn in the campus of Glarissa, a day that will be forever remembered. A commando composed of al Shaabaa armed men broke into the campus and killed 147 students – the majority were beheaded.
In the east of Kenya, 150 km away from Somalia, a terroristic group that scared the African campus. Anguish hours in the country that has experienced these kind of attacks; in 2013 in Nairobi, 67 people were killed during an attack at Westgate shopping center.
The slaughter in Garissa was different from others. Attackers entered in the mosque of the campus early in the morning with those who were coming for the prayer. Once they were inside they started dividing people according to their faith, they released Muslims and kept Christians inside.
Officers found it difficult to enter the campus because some attackers were on the roof and were ready to shoot. When the police succeeded in shooting them, four men of the terroristic group exploded because they were stuffed with explosive.
Some of the students that escaped said they saw a macabre scene; the corpses of many of their classmates were beheaded on the ground. Joseph Nkaissery, the Minister of Interior reported that authorities traced at least 500 students. The toll of wounded students raised to 79, the 4 members of the commando were killed by the officers. Mohamed Mohamud, who is could be the creator of the attack, was not found yet. Kenyan authorities offered $215,000 to whoever has pieces of information that may help arrest him.
Al Shaabaab is a youth group born in 2006 after the Federal Government of Transition defeated the Islamic Courts Union. It is the more powerful and active Islamic group in Somalia and its main aim is establishing the most fundamentalist interpretation of the Sharia (Islamic law) and banishing foreign soldiers from their land, Ethiopian and Kenyan first.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa