Kenya: Extremists vows more attacks; president responds

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Al-Shabab Vows Kenya's Streets Will 'Run Red With Blood'

GARISSA, Kenya (AP) -- Somalia's Islamic extremist group warned Saturday of more attacks in Kenya like the assault on Garissa University College that killed 148 people.

"Kenyan cities will run red with blood," said al-Shabab according to the SITE intelligence monitoring group.

The Islamic militants said the attack on Garissa college was in retaliation for killings carried out by Kenyan troops fighting the rebels in Somalia.

"No amount of precaution or safety measures will be able to guarantee your safety, thwart another attack or prevent another bloodbath," said al-Shabab.

Following the extremists' threats, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to take harsh measures against the Islamic militants.

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Kenya Red Cross staff assist a woman after she viewed the body of a relative killed in Thursday's attack on a university, at Chiromo funeral home, Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, April 3, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing scores of people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk. (AP Photo)
Map locates areas where Al-Shabab gunmen stormed Garissa University College in Kenya killing more than 70 people.; 3c x 3 inches; 146 mm x 76 mm;
A crowd of Kenyan women and men, mostly muslim, listens as speakers denounce the latest attack by al-Shabab gunmen, at a public meeting in Garissa, Kenya Friday, April 3, 2015. The Islamic extremists who slaughtered 147 people at the college in northeast Kenya as they shouted "God is great" appeared to have planned extensively, even targeting a site where Christians had gone to pray, survivors said Friday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Kenya Red Cross staff assist a woman after she viewed the body of a relative killed in Thursday's attack on a university, at Chiromo funeral home, Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, April 3, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing scores of people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk. (AP Photo)
WANTED!! The men behind #GarissaAttack 1. Muumin Abdalla Muumin 2. Suleiman Mohamed Awadh 3. Abdifatah Abubakar Abdi http://t.co/lDTrRu5dOG
Students of the Garissa University College take shelter in a vehicle after fleeing from an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Gunmen attacked the university early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in campus hostels. Police and military surrounded the buildings and were trying to secure the area in eastern Kenya, police officer Musa Yego said. (AP Photo)
Medics help an injured person at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015, after being airlifted from Garissa after an attack by gunmen at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya on Thursday morning. Witnesses say the gunmen who stormed a college in Kenya Thursday morning identified themselves as members of al-Shabab, the Islamic extremist group from neighboring Somalia. (AP Photo)
Members of Kenya Defense Forces patrol at the Garissa University College in Garissa, northeastern Kenya, Friday, April 3, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through the university at dawn Thursday, killing over 100 people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
Medics help an injured person at Kenyatta national Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, April , 2, 2015 , after being airlifted from Garissa after an attack by gunmen at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya on Thursday morning. Al-Shabab gunmen attacked Garissa University College in northeast Kenya early Thursday, targeting Christians and killing at least 15 people and wounding 60 others, witnesses said. (AP Photo)
A Christian faithful prays near the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, April 3, 2015 on Good Friday during the Holy Week of Easter. Easter marks the end of Lent, a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance. The last week of the Lent is called Holy Week, and it contains Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
A member of Kenya Defense Forces secures the area of the Garissa University College in Garissa, northeastern Kenya, Friday, April 3, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through the university at dawn Thursday, killing over 100 people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
A university student gets on a bus at the gate of the Garissa University College in Garissa, northeastern Kenya, Friday, April 3, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through the university at dawn Thursday, killing over 100 people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
Kenya Red Cross staff help a woman after she viewed the body of a relative killed in Thursday's attack on a university, at Chiromo funeral home, Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, April 3, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen rampaged through a university in northeastern Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing scores of people in the group's deadliest attack in the East African country. Four militants were slain by security forces to end the siege just after dusk. (AP Photo)
A member of Kenya Defence Forces patrols the area of the Garissa University college, in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen attacked Garissa University College in northeast Kenya early Thursday, targeting Christians and killing over 100 people and wounding others, according to Kenya's national disaster operations center and the interior minister. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
A member of Kenya Defence Forces secures the area of the Garissa University college, in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen attacked Garissa University College in northeast Kenya early Thursday, targeting Christians and killing over 100 people and wounding others, according to Kenya's national disaster operations center and the interior minister. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
A student injured in the attack on Moi university by Shebab fighters is treated at a hospital in Garissa on April 3, 2015 Kenya's interior minister vowed that the country would not bow to terrorist threats, a day after the massacre of 147 students by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab fighters. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A Kenya Defence Forces soldier secures the area around the Garissa University college, in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Al-Shabab gunmen attacked Garissa University College in northeast Kenya early Thursday, targeting Christians and killing over 100 people and wounding others, according to Kenya's national disaster operations center and the interior minister. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
Local people look on as a man read a newspaper in Garissa on April 3, 2015, bearing headlines and pictures concerning the attack a day earlier on the university there by Shebab fighters.. Kenya's interior minister vowed that the country would not bow to terrorist threats, a day after the massacre of 147 students by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab fighters. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the Kenyan Defence Forces stands guard at the Garissa University campus after an attack by Somalia's Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab gunmen in Garissa on April 2, 2015. At least 70 students were massacred when Somalia's Shebab Islamist group attacked a Kenyan university today, the interior minister said, the deadliest attack in the country since US embassy bombings in 1998. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
Kenyan police officers take positions outside the Garissa University College as an ambulance carrying the injured going to a hospital, during an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Gunmen attacked the university early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in campus hostels. Police and military surrounded the buildings and were trying to secure the area in eastern Kenya, police officer Musa Yego said. (AP Photo) (AP Photo)
President @UKenyatta's statement on #GarissaAttack http://t.co/ks5aeEjcg6
Students of the Garissa University College get out of a house where they seek refuge after fleeing from an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Gunmen attacked the university early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in campus hostels. Police and military surrounded the buildings and were trying to secure the area in eastern Kenya, police officer Musa Yego said. (AP Photo)
Students of the Garissa University College get out of a house where they were taking shelter from an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Gunmen attacked the university early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in campus hostels. Police and military surrounded the buildings and were trying to secure the area in eastern Kenya, police officer Musa Yego said. (AP Photo)
Students of the Garissa University College get out of a house where they were taking shelter from an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Gunmen attacked the university early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in campus hostels. Police and military surrounded the buildings and were trying to secure the area in eastern Kenya, police officer Musa Yego said. (AP Photo)
Some students without their shirts of the Garissa University College get out of a house where they seek refuge after escaping from an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Gunmen attacked the university early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in campus hostels. Police and military surrounded the buildings and were trying to secure the area in eastern Kenya, police officer Musa Yego said. (AP Photo)
Kenyan police officers take cover outside the Garissa University College during an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Gunmen attacked the university early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in campus hostels. Police and military surrounded the buildings and were trying to secure the area in eastern Kenya, police officer Musa Yego said. (AP Photo)
Kenya MT @DennisOkari: The gunmen are holed up inside the upper hostel section. I can hear gunfire from the other end http://t.co/LuYkIkfMOY
#Kenyan army tank drives towards #Garissa University. Gunfire, hostages still inside http://t.co/xwDXfp1I9t
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In a nationally televised address, Kenyatta said his administration "shall respond in the severest ways possible" to the Garissa attack, which occurred Thursday when four gunmen entered a campus and slaughtered students. The military moved in hours later and the gunmen were killed.

"We will fight terrorism to the end," said Kenyatta. "I guarantee that my administration shall respond in the fiercest way possible."

Kenyatta said the country's "security forces are pursuing the remaining accomplices. We will bring all of them to justice." he said.

"We are also in active pursuit of the mastermind (of the Garissa attack) and have placed a reward for his capture," said Kenyatta, who declared 3 days of national mourning over the Garissa attack.

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Garissa attack, a Kenyan official said.

Kenyan security agencies arrested three people trying to cross into Somalia, said Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka in a Twitter post. He said the three are associates of Mohamed Mohamud, also known as Dulyadin Gamadhere, a former teacher at a Kenyan Madrassa Islamic school who authorities say coordinated the Garissa attack. Kenyan authorities have put a $220,000 bounty for information leading to Gamadhere's arrest.

Two other suspects were arrested at Garissa college.

A survivor of the killings at Garissa University College was found on Saturday, two days after the attack by Islamic extremists killed 148 people.

Cynthia Cheroitich, 19, told The Associated Press from her hospital gurney that she hid in a wardrobe and covered herself with clothes, refusing to emerge even when some of her classmates came out of hiding at the demands of the gunmen from the al-Shabab group.

She was rescued shortly before 10 a.m., according to Kenyan officials.

Cheroitich said she didn't believe that rescuers urging her to come out of her hiding place were there to help, suspecting at first that they were militants.

"How do I know that you are the Kenyan police?" she said she asked them.

Only when Kenyan security forces had one of her teachers appeal to her did she come out, she said.

"I was just praying to my God," Cheroitich, a Christian, said of her ordeal.

Cheroitich appeared tired and thirsty, sipping on yoghurt and a soft drink, but otherwise seemed in good health.

She said she drank a body lotion because she was so thirsty and hungry while in hiding.

Authorities displayed the bodies of the alleged attackers before about 2,000 people in a large open area in central Garissa. The bodies lay on the bed of a pickup truck that drove slowly past the crowd, which broke into a run in pursuit. Soldiers monitored the crowd. There was shouting and clouds of dust rose as the vehicle left the area.

Spectator Yusuf Mohamed applauded the display, saying authorities wanted to "win the hearts of the people" and clear any doubts that the attackers had been killed.

Kenyan authorities initially said the attackers had been strapped with explosives that went off like bombs when they were shot, but investigators later said there were no suicide vests. The four bodies shown Saturday had wounds but were intact.

The bodies of many of those killed in Garissa have been transported to the capital, Nairobi, where grieving Kenyans gathered to view the remains of family members.

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Odula contributed to this report from Nairobi.


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