Garissa University Attack Leaves 147 Dead
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The violence in schools and universities has escalated, with the April 2 attack on Kenya’s Garissa University. Kenya has seen violence in the past, with the 2012 Westgate Mall attacks and the 2002 Mombasa attacks, but last week’s violence on Garissa was one of the deadliest, with 147 students killed and another 79 injured.
Garissa University was established in 2011, and is the only institution where students can earn a university degree in the North Eastern province of Kenya. Since the attack, which is now known to be carried out by militant group Al-Shabaab, authorities have named the mastermind and arrested 5 individuals in relation to its planning. Kenya has now begun leading bombings on al-Shabaab bases.
The Garissa attack comes only a few months after the Peshawar school attack in Pakistan, which killed 145 people, mainly children.
Large-scale attacks on school children have become a common headliner in recent years, with incidents such as the Chibok school girl kidnappings by Boko Haram militants, and the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai for advocating for girls’ rights to education.