Al-Shabab militants kill 70 in Kenya University

​A​l-Shabab ​militants have stormed a university in Kenya, killing at least 70 ​people, authorities have said.

The militants stormed Garissa University College near Kenya’s border with Somalia, early Thursday.

Officials said they separated Muslims from Christians, freed some ​of the ​Muslims ​while the others were taken hostage.

Five people were killed in the morning by the militants, ​themselves ​numbering at least five, officials said.

By late afternoon, the country’s disaster management officials ​said 70 people had been killed, while ​at least 79 were injured​. They said more than 500 students were rescued.

Local reports quoted the Interior Minster, Joseph Nkaiserry​,​ as saying four of the attackers had been killed.

He also said security forces were in the process of clearing the area.

Al-Shabab militants operate mainly in Kenya and Somalia.

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