NAIROBI, Kenya, April 19 – The death toll in the gun attack at a Garissa hotel on Thursday night has risen to 10, while eight people remain hospitalised with gunshot wounds, police said.
“Six people died on the spot while four others succumbed to injuries in hospital,” a police officer who was at the scene told Capital FM News.
He said the attack occurred when gunmen stormed a restaurant known as Kwa Chege and opened fire indiscriminately at patrons who were watching the 7pm news.
Witnesses told police the three gunmen were armed with AK-47 rifles.
The Kenya Red Cross said all the eight people hospitalised had gunshot wounds.
“We have intensified a manhunt for the attackers,” regional police chief Charlton Mureithi said.
Another police officer told Capital FM News that up to 29 people had been arrested to assist in the investigation but the real culprits were still at large.
Garissa has remained volatile in recent months, with gun and explosion attacks targeting law enforcement agents and civilians.
Police statistics show that up to 120 people have been killed in separate attacks since November 2011 when Kenya sent its military to pursue Al Shabaab militants in Somalia.
Thursday night’s attack was also blamed on the Al Qaeda-linked militants although the group was yet to claim responsibility.