Kenya launched air strikes against Islamic militants in Somalia following an extremist attack on a Kenyan college that killed 148 people, a military spokesman said Monday.
Warplanes attacked positions of the al-Shabab militant group on Sunday afternoon and early Monday morning, according to Col. David Obonyo of the Kenyan military.
“This is part of continuing operations, not just in response to Garissa,” he said.
Inside the scene of the Garissa attacks
CCTV’s Vauldi Carelse visits the site of the deadly attack.
Inside the scene of the Garissa attacksCCTV's Vauldi Carelse visits the site of the deadly attack
Al-Shabab, which is based in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the college attack Thursday in the Kenyan town of Garissa. Four gunmen died in the assault.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta had vowed harsh measures against al-Shabab following the slaughter at Garissa, which is near the border with Somalia. Kenya has troops in Somalia as part of an African Union force to attack al-Shabab and shore up the beleaguered Somali government. Kenya has carried out air strikes before.
Al-Shabab said it attacked students at Garissa College University as a reprisal for Kenya sending troops into Somalia.
Relatives of missing students continued to await information on Monday, a day after the Kenyan government allocated additional resources to identify the bodies of victims of the attack on Garissa College University.
Isaac Mutua Mutisya, father of missing 20-year-old business management student Risper Mutindi, said he had identified his daughter on Sunday, but another family had claimed the same body.
There have been a “few cases” of two families claiming the same body, according to Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Health, James Macharia.
“So as of now, last night, we had the National Registration Bureau going through the fingerprints, matching them, the entire night to make sure they are scientifically determined the identity of those bodies,” Macharia told a news conference.
Politicians from Kenya’s North Eastern Province called for international support on Monday to stop the Islamist fighters.
Report by The Associated Press
Blood drive held for wounded in Garissa attack
Many Kenyans are coming forward to show solidarity during an emergency blood donation drive following the attack in Garissa that killed 148 people.
CCTV’s Jane Kiyo reported this story.