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Extremists vow more attacks; president responds

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2015 | 12:01 AM
An injured man, Cheruiyot Baffin, is assisted to get aboard a bus taking the surviving students to their respective home counties at the Garissa military camp, in Garissa, Kenya, Saturday.


Somalia's Islamic extremist group al-Shabab warned yesterday of more attacks in Kenya like the assault on Garissa University College that killed 148 people.

"Kenyan cities will run red with blood," said al-Shabab according to the SITE intelligence monitoring group.

The Islamic militants said the attack on Garissa college was in retaliation for killings carried out by Kenyan troops fighting the rebels in Somalia.

"No amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart another attack, or prevent another bloodbath," said al-Shabab.

harsh measures

Following the extremists' threats, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to take harsh measures against the Islamic militants.

In a nationally televised address, Kenyatta said his administration "shall respond in the severest ways possible" to the Garissa attack, which occurred last Thursday when four gunmen entered a campus and slaughtered students. The military moved in hours later and the gunmen were killed.

"We will fight terrorism to the end," said Kenyatta. "I guarantee that my administration shall respond in the fiercest way possible."

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Garissa attack, a Kenyan official said.

A survivor of the killings at Garissa University College was found yesterday, two days after the attack.

Cynthia Cheroitich, 19, told The Associated Press from her hospital gurney that she hid in a wardrobe and covered herself with clothes, refusing to emerge even when some of her classmates came out of hiding when demanded to do so by the gunmen.