Kenya: Candlelight vigil held for students massacred in Garissa

A candlelight vigil was held in Uhuru Park, Nairobi, on Tuesday, for the 147 students who were massacred by Al-Shabaab in Garissa University College on April 2. Hundreds attended the memorial were 147 white crosses were placed in the ground alongside Kenyan flags and candles. The massacre in Garissa occurred when four Al-Shabaab gunmen attacked the university complex in eastern Kenya. The attackers stormed the building wearing explosives strapped to their bodies and firing AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifles. After a short siege the militants detonated their bombs, killing themselves in the process. The Somali-based Al-Shabaab militants are reported to have released a statement confirming the attack as part of a wider war with Kenya, after Kenyan troops intervened in Somalia in October 2011.

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