A swarm of gunmen stormed a Kenya university before dawn Thursday, opening fire and taking hostages.

At least 15 people were killed at Garissa University College, the Kenyan Interior Ministry said. As many as 550 others are unaccounted for at the campus that had about 815 students, according to CNN affiliate Citizen TV.

All staff members are accounted for “and are helping with the tracking of students,” the Kenya National Disaster Operation Center said on Twitter.

The Somalia-based Al-Shabaab militant group claimed responsibility for the assault.

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