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Attacker called students out saying he was KDF and shot them, says survivor

07 April 2015, 14:17 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - An attacker called out students in Swahili, lying to them that he was a Kenya Defence Forces officer and then shot them dead, a survivor has said.

Vincent Obasu, a third year student at the University said that the attackers spike very fluent Swahili and that after they entered the hostels, they lied to students to make their work easier.

After the initial gunfire died down, Obasu says that the attackers called out students by whispering on cubicle doors by lying that they were KDF and had come to save them.

" They lied that they were members of the KDF. They whispered on the doors to act as if they were doing so in hiding and desperate students stepped out and were then shot".

" I heard them call out in Swahili, four hours into the attack and some students who had phones had been told by their friends that the KDF were outside and rescuing them, so they fell for the ploy," he added.

Obasu himself hid on the ceiling of his room until he saw Kenyan soldiers waving flags to come out as it was safe.

" I hid in a ceiling and only stepped out when I saw three soldiers all in the same uniform and waving a small Kenyan flag asking me to come out. That is when I stepped out".

" I am happy and grateful to be alive. I really am," he added.

He was later to learn that 144 of his colleagues at the university died in the attack, something he says will forever haunt him.

" I will never forget what happened. It has changed my life for the worst," he says.

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