Kenya 'ignored Garissa raid warning'

NAIROBI - Kenya's interior minister has said security officers ignored intelligence reports prior to the attack on Garissa University College earlier this month.

Joseph Nkarissery, who is in charge of security, also admitted that the response was poorly co-ordinated.

Militants from the Somali-based Islamist al-Shabab group killed 148 people during the day-long siege at the campus in the north-eastern town.

There has been much public criticism over the alleged security failings.

Most of those who died in the day-long siege were undergraduates.

Last week, seven top policemen were suspended by Mr Nkarissery following an initial inquiry into the security failings.

Universities had posted memos warning students of possible violence and the principal of Garissa University College is reported to have requested in vain additional security at the campus.

Most of those who died in the raid were students.

The attackers singled out Christians to be killed and spared Muslims.

It was worst attack to date in Kenya by al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

Comments (2)


weqwte - 1 May 2015

Condolences to the family members of the departed and to the rest of Kenya. The security forces are sworn to protect citizens, but in reality they do not take that role seriously. They are usually more serious against opposition political parties. They will attack people from the opposition and call them 'a threat to national security'. Africa should reform.

james svari - 6 May 2015

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