Kenyan president promises to respond to Garissa attack in ‘severest ways’

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A funeral home worker pushes the body of a victim of the Garissa University attack, at a funeral home, in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, April 3, 2015. The militants who slaughtered 147 people in a Kenyan school appeared to have planned extensively, even targeting a site where Christians had gone to pray, a survivor said Friday. (AP Photo)

Updated April 4, 4:39 PM EDT: Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to take harsh measures against Islamic militants after an attack near the Somali border at Garissa University College that left 148 people dead.

The president sent out a warning in a nationally televised address on Saturday that the planners and financiers of attacks like the one in Garissa are “deeply embedded in our communities.” He also said that the administration “shall respond in the severest ways possible” to the attack.

NTV in Kenya reported that five suspects wanted in connection with Thursday’s massacre were arrested. NTV reported that Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery revealed the news Friday to reporters. Nkaissery said they will be able to say for sure, on Saturday, that everyone has been accounted for.

Earlier the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of the National Government of Kenya in the Office of the President sent out this tweet that originated from NTV in Kenya which shows a photo of suspects wanted in connection to the investigation. The graphic plastered across tv screens nationwide said the men are wanted ‘dead or alive’ and a reward of 2 million Kenyan shillings per head would be given for their capture.

The Ministry of Interior in Kenya later sent out this tweet informing citizens about what to do if they see suspicious activity, further reinforcing Kenya’s ongoing focus on a renewed concern for terrorism in that country.

This report was compiled with information from the Associated Press.