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Students Survivors of Garissa University Terror Attack Seek State Compensation

Students Survivors Of Garissa University Terror Attack Seek State Compensation

Fourteen survivors of the 2015 terror attack at Garissa University, which claimed 148 lives, have filed a lawsuit against the government seeking restitution.

According to the Nation, the former students now want the court to rule that the State failed to take appropriate action to deter the attack, despite receiving intelligence reports on the impending attack days before the ambush.

They have filed lawsuits against the Cabinet Secretaries for Education, Interior, and Defence, as well as the Police Inspector-General, Garissa University, and the Attorney-General.

“On April 1, 2015, some students received SMS messages indicating an impending terror attack [but] the university administration dismissed [them] as rumors and April 1 Fool’s Day pranks,” reads the petition. This was two days before the attack.

“The Respondents ignored several useful intelligence on impending terrorist attacks targeting learning institutions within Garissa Town.”

The survivors also claim that the state was slow to respond to the attack, putting their lives in the hands of Al-Shabaab militants who stormed the University on April 3, 2015. As a result, some survivors were permanently disabled.

According to the petition, delayed deployment of the Recce squad of the General Service Unit is also due to an officer working under the National Police Service abusing state resources for personal use.

When the elite squad needed to be transported to Garissa, the petition indicates that the officer allowed the pilot of the police plane, a Cessna 208, to fly his daughter-in-law and her children from Mombasa to Nairobi.

They also believe that the state ignored a number of travel warnings issued by the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia warning against visiting the region.

There was sufficient intelligence and general information on the attack according to the students but the Respondents deliberately failed and neglected to carry out the necessary preventive measures, mitigate the effects, and ease the escape and rescue during the attack.


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They also questioned the University’s security at the time, noting that the institution’s security personnel were understaffed.

“The deployment of four police officers was still inadequate considering the student population of 1,006 … and the level of the threat of an attack,” they say.

They also blame the university for designing its hostels in a way that made escape difficult.

Students Survivors Of Garissa University Terror Attack Seek State Compensation

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