KENYA

Survivors say Christians were targeted at prayer

The Islamic extremists who slaughtered 148 people at a college in northeast Kenya as they shouted "God is great" appeared to have planned extensively, even targeting a site where Christians had gone to pray, survivors said Friday.

In the capital of Nairobi, relatives of the victims went to a morgue where some bodies had been airlifted from the campus of Garissa University College in eastern Kenya. Screaming and crying family members were assisted by Red Cross staffers, who tried to console them.

The attack was the worst in Kenya since the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy by al-Qaeda that killed more than 200 people.

Thursday's assault in Garissa was carried out by militants of the Somalia-based extremist group al-Shabab. The organization has struck the country several times in recent years, but this attack was the deadliest. The attack came six days after Britain advised "against all but essential travel" to parts of Kenya, including Garissa. - AP
NORTH KOREA

Regime backs DMZ walk

North Korea has decided to support a proposed walk across the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas by prominent women including Gloria Steinem, and organizers say they hope South Korea will give its approval as well. Co-organizer Christine Ahn said North Korea gave permission this week after she visited Pyongyang. The walk proposed for May 24 is a call for reunification of the two countries. The walk would mark the 70th anniversary of the division of the Korean Peninsula.

   - AP
YEMEN

Al-Qaeda moves into city

Al-Qaeda insurgents advanced into a major city in southeastern Yemen Friday as a Saudi-led coalition airdropped arms to fighters battling Houthi rebels in the southern city of Aden. Al-Qaeda fighters overran an army site in Mukalla and seized military hardware, a day after the militants freed hundreds of inmates from the city's prison, a security official said. The jihadists on Thursday unleashed simultaneous attacks on state institutions in Mukalla, Yemen's third-largest city.

- Deutsche Presse-Agentur