Pupils scam­per for safety as gun­men storm school

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NAIROBIA — Armed gun­men stormed a school on Tues­day in a Kenyan province bor­der­ing So­ma­lia, spray­ing bul­lets but not in­jur­ing any­one, of­fi­cial sources said, with­out con­firm­ing whether they were Shabaab group mil­i­tants.

The gun­men stormed a room where sec­ondary school stu­dents were tak­ing an exam and ex­changed fire with po­lice of­fi­cers guard­ing the cam­pus be­fore flee­ing, they said.

“Pupils scam­pered for safety when the gun­men stormed the school and fired shots,” a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer from Wa­jir said.

Six po­lice­men were guard­ing the ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tre at the time, re­gional gov­er­nor Mo­hamud Saleh said.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear if the shoot­ing was linked to the al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group, which reg­u­larly car­ries out at­tacks in Kenya, in­clud­ing a mas­sacre at Garissa Univer­sity in April 2015 in which 148 peo­ple were killed.

But the area where Tues­day’s in­ci­dent oc­curred is also the scene of reg­u­lar in­ter-clan vi­o­lence re­lated to border dis­putes be­tween Wa­jir and Garissa coun­ties.

Saleh did not im­me­di­ately com­ment on who was be­hind the at­tack, say­ing that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der way and that of­fi­cials had “in­ten­si­fied se­cu­rity in the area.” — AFP

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