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Garrissa massacre Kenyans protest

About 2,500 people have marched in Kenya’s Garissa town in a show of defiance against militant Islamist group al-Shabab following its deadly assault on a local university.

Muslims and Christians took part in the march, vowing to remain united against the al-Qaeda-linked militants,

Students also protested in the capital, demanding greater security on campuses, a correspondent has reported.

The assault on Garissa University on Thursday killed 148 people.

It was the deadliest attack by al-Shabab in Kenya.

The protesters promised to co-operate with the security forces to flush out militants in their community.

However, they were also critical of the security forces, saying they were slow in their response to the assault.

Four gunmen stormed the campus, taking students hostage in dormitories and killing them.

The government says the security forces responded swiftly, and saved the lives of many other students.

The security forces also came under heavy criticism at the protest in Nairobi, organised by students from the city’s main university.

Protesters said they were no longer prepared to be “at the mercy of al-Shabab” and demanded that the government tighten security at universities and schools across Kenya.

A candle-lit vigil was held later in the capital to end three days of national mourning.

 

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