Shouting “this will be a good Easter holiday for us” Muslim militants stormed a university in Kenya on Thursday, killing nearly 150 students, allowing fellow Muslims to live while slaughtering Christians and other non-Muslims.
In the attack, a small group of militants went from dorm to dorm, separating Christian from Muslim students and killing the Christians, Kenyan authorities said.
The militants burst into the university before dawn Thursday, shooting students and taking hostages during early morning prayer services. They selected their victims by whether they were wearing traditional Muslim clothing while others were killed after pleading, “Jesus, help us.”
Reports indicate the Muslim militants taunted their victims, shouting “this will be a good Easter holiday for us” as they executed the Christians.
In a statement Somalia’s al-Shabaab Islamist group claimed responsibility for the brutal attack on Garissa University College in Kenya.
A spokesperson for Al-Shabaab confirmed that the Somali based Muslim militants had deliberately gone after Christians.Kenyan police have named militant Islamist Mohamed Mohamud, who also goes by the aliases Dulyadin and Gamadhere, as the alleged mastermind of the massacre.
Al-Shabaab is the Somali based Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic terrorist group responsible for the 2013 deadly siege at the upscale Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in which more than 60 people died. In that attack the Muslim militants also singled out Christians and other non-Muslims for execution.
Earlier this year, Al-Shabaab called on Muslim men “to answer the call of Allah and target disbelievers wherever they are” in an ominous propaganda video advocating for terror attacks against shopping malls in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.