Somaliland sun -The government of Kenya Thursday evening insisted it had been caught by surprise when terrorists descended on a university college in Garissa killing 147 students, despite reports that public institutions had been warned.
“This incident, which happened today-Thursday, is one of those incidents which can surprise any country,” Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery told reporters in Garissa during a briefing as he brushed aside a question on whether a travel warning issued by the United Kingdom and Australian governments had been ignored. Instead, he said the attack was unexpected.
The early morning attack on Garissa University College was preceded by travel warnings by the UK and Australia last week.
The UK in particular said it was recommending only “essential travel” to areas around the Coast and northeastern, including Garissa County.
The Kenyan government had also directed universities, especially those in Nairobi, to advise students on to be “vigilant” and report any suspicious sights on the campus or wherever they are.