Early Thursday morning, al-Shabab militants stormed Kenya’s Garissa University College, killing at least 147 people and injuring at least 79.

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This is Kenya’s worst terrorist attack since the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi that killed 224 people.

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Cornell University President David Skorton issued a statement on Thursday expressing shock. The statement appeared in the Cornell Chronicle on Friday.

“I write today to express my shock over the attack on Garissa University College in Kenya. My heart goes out to all of those impacted by this senseless act. I am especially mindful of the many members of our community with ties to the region. As the full impact of today’s events continues to unfold, I ask that you please keep them, the victims and their families — as well as the entire Garissa community — in your thoughts. Universities should be safe havens for the sharing of ideas and embracing differences, not targets for violence.”


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