Nearly 600 held hostage, at least 21 dead in Kenya attack

April 2, 2015 1:51 PM

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Nearly 600 held hostage, at least 21 dead in Kenya attack

NAIROBI — Armed gunmen stormed a university in northern Kenya on Thursday, taking nearly 600 students and staff members hostage, killing at least 21 and seriously wounding 65, officials said.

Heavy gunfire was reported at the Garissa University campus as the Kenyan military tried to end the siege. The Somali-based al-Shabab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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