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Kenya's Garissa university reopens 9 months after attack

Kenya's Garissa university reopens 9 months after attack


Kenya’s Garissa University College has officially reopened, nine months after terrorists belonging to al-shaba killed about 150 people, mainly students, in an attack.

Staff reported to work on Monday while students are expected to resume back on campus next Monday. BBC reports that a police post has been erected on the campus, which is located in north-eastern Kenya, to improve security.

Last year’s attack was the deadliest so far by the Somali-based group in Kenya.

About 650 students from the university were offered places at a sister campus in Eldoret, western Kenya to continue their studies following the closure.

University authorities said students are not expected to return to Garissa now that it has reopened. Adding that the main argument is the strengthening of the security devices

The French government has set up a 150,000 Kenyan shillings (£1,000; $1,500) fund for 109 students injured in the attack, to cover tuition fees and living allowance for the year.

Kenyan local media had reported in May that students at the Garissa Teachers Training College, a separate campus, that lies just 200m from the site of the attack, refused to return to class, citing security concerns.