Up to 150 killed in Kenyan university massacre following al-Shabaab Easter Week raid

Up to 150 people have been murdered by masked al-Shabaab terrorists who stormed a Kenyan university and shot and beheaded Christians in the worst attack in the country in 17 years.

The group raided the Garissa University College campus shortly after 5am local time yesterday, overwhelming guards and murdering people they suspected of being a Christian.

The death toll rose to 147 last night and the 13-hour siege ended. A total of 79 were injured and 587 were led to safety.

Most of those killed were students but two police officers, one soldier and two watchmen are among the dead.

Distraught: Paramedics help a woman injured during the attack on the Garissa University College campus

Distraught: Paramedics help a woman injured during the attack on the Garissa University College campus

Safety: A student hostage is escorted out of Garissa University College after Kenya Defence Forces ended a siege by terrorist gunmen

Safety: A student hostage is escorted out of Garissa University College after Kenya Defence Forces ended a siege by terrorist gunmen

A Kenyan soldier runs for cover near Garissa University College's perimeter wall where 147 people have been killed

A Kenyan soldier runs for cover near Garissa University College’s perimeter wall where 147 people have been killed

Rescued: A woman is led to safety from the building where she was held hostage by al-Shabaab terrorists

Rescued: A woman is led to safety from the building where she was held hostage by al-Shabaab terrorists

Soldiers pictured at Garissa University College campus, where 147 people have been murdered by al-Shabaab terrorists 

Soldiers pictured at Garissa University College campus, where 147 people have been murdered by al-Shabaab terrorists

Kenya’s interior minister, Joseph Nkaissery said the four terrorist gunmen had strapped themselves with explosives. When officers shot at them, they exploded ‘like bombs’ and shrapnel injured officers.

Kenyan security officials at the scene said dozens of hostages were freed and four of the gunmen, believed to be armed with AK-47s, were killed.