Kenya government dismisses claims that 166 students are still unaccounted for
The Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) said on Tuesday that they feared the missing students had been kidnapped by al-Shabab, Kenyan media report.
The ministry of education said that the UASU was spreading “unfounded rumours”.
An assault by the Somalia-based al-Shabab group killed 148 people at Kenya’s Garissa University last week.
The ministry of education statement shows the figures in an effort to clarify that everyone, alive or dead, has been accounted for but it may have added some ambiguity.
It says that 815 are confirmed to have been enrolled at Garissa University College and that 663 students were rescued.
The government gives the student death toll as 142, which – when added to the number rescued – still leaves 10 students unaccounted for.