Gunmen kill two in dawn Kenya university attack

GARISSA, Kenya - Masked gunmen stormed a university in northeast Kenya at dawn Thursday, killing at least two people at the campus not far from war-torn Somalia's lawless border.

"Gunmen forced their way into Garissa University by shooting at the guards manning the main gate at around 5:30 am," said Kenya Police Chief Joseph Boinet.

"The gunmen shot indiscriminately while inside the university compound," he said.

The number of students and teachers trapped inside the campus was unclear and gunfire and explosions could be heard coming from the site.

At least two people have been killed and four injured in the attack, according to Kenya's official National Disaster Operations Centre said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the town lies roughly 150 kilometres (90 miles) west of Somalia and has in the past been targeted by militants from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab.

A witness, Ahmed Nur, said he saw the bodies of two university guards, shot by the attackers. Kenya's Red Cross is evacuating the wounded.

Students reported seeing up to four masked gunmen entering the university compound before dawn on Thursday.

The area surrounding the university has been sealed off by the Kenya security forces and the army has been called in.