On early Thursday, al-Shabab gunmen affiliated with al Qaeda opened fire on a university campus in northeastern Kenya. By the end of the day, 147 people were dead, including two police officers, one soldier, two watchmen, and four of the attackers. Most of the casualties in the deadliest attack the country has seen in decades were students. The shooters targeted non-Muslims. One student told the Associated Press, “If you were a Christian you were shot on the spot. With each blast of the gun, I thought I was going to die.” In 2013, al-Shabab gunmen attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi for four days, and 67 people were killed.