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Kenya marks first anniversary of Garissa University terror attack

Kenya marks first anniversary of Garissa University terror attack

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Garissa campus of the Moi University in Kenya is marking first anniversary of the Garissa attack that killed 148 people, mostly students.

According to KBC, the college principal, Ahmed Warfa said a number of activities are lined up to mark one of the deadliest terror attacks by Somali-based al-Shabaab on a Kenyan soil.

Among the activities for the event include a faith prayer, a 5km marathon that has been organized by young African talents and a commemoration of the monument that has been constructed at the college.

It has been a very traumatic time and a very low point for us, as teachers and the entire Garissa University fraternity.

Warfa noted that several leaders including the area MP Aden Duale are expected at the event.
Warfa acknowledged that the incident remained the lowest moment in his life; adding that such a thing should never be allowed to happen again anywhere in the world.

β€œIt has been a very traumatic time and a very low point for us, as teachers and the entire Garissa university fraternity. The incidents of that day will remain deep in our hearts for as long as we live because we lost our beloved innocent students,” he told Mediamax.

The principal said the college has so far registered 118 privately sponsored students and intake for 700 regular students will be in September.

According to him, Kenyan government had set aside funds for the construction of a security perimeter wall to be completed in September.

β€œI am also appealing to parents to bring their children to this college because security has greatly been improved. Shunning it will only work in favour of the terrorists, whose sole purpose was to completely bring us down as Kenyans,” he added.

Four heavily armed al-Shabaab elements stormed the university at dawn on April 2 last year and indiscriminately massacred 148 people before they were overpowered by a GSU Recce squad.

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