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Al-Shabab gunmen ambushed a college campus in Garissa in northeast Kenya early Thursday, slaughtering 15, wounding 65, and taking an untold number of hostages on a college campus in Kenya, according to Al Jazeera.

The al-Qaeda-linked group targeted Christians in the 5 a.m. raid at Garissa University College, sending sleeping students scattering for cover in campus dormitories, the report says. Witnesses described chaos fueled by gunfire and explosions.

From Al Jazeera:

Kenyan security forces have cordoned off the area, and have entered the compound laying siege to the block where the gunmen are holding their captives. Witnesses reported hearing sporadic exchanges of fire between police and the fighters…

Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group said their gunmen were holding Christian hostages inside the complex in revenge for Nairobi’s troops fighting in Somalia.

The gunmen divided students at the university between Muslims and non-Muslims, letting the Muslim students go, the group’s spokesman Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage told AFP news agency by telephone.

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SOURCE: Al Jazeera | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty