3: 40 p.m. (1240 GMT, 8: 40 a.m. EDT)

Kenya’s president says hostages have been taken in the attack on a college in the northeastern town of Garissa.

Kenya University Attack
Students of the Garissa University College get out of a house where they seek refuge after fleeing from an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Gunmen attacked the university early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in campus hostels. Police and military surrounded the buildings and were trying to secure the area in eastern Kenya, police officer Musa Yego said. (AP Photo)

In a speech to the nation President Kenyatta Uhuru said: “I am saddened to inform the Nation that early today, terrorists attacked Garissa University College killed and wounded several people and have taken others hostage.”

He said details would be forthcoming “in due course” from security officials.

2: 50 p.m. (1150 GMT, 7:50 a.m. EDT)

Kenya’s Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery says one suspected extremist was arrested as he attempted to flee the scene of an al-Shabab attack on a college in northeast Kenya. One survivor said he personally saw five gunmen at the Garissa University College. Nkaissery made the announcement in a press conference in Nairobi, the capital.

2: 35 p.m. (11:35 GMT, 7:35 p.m. EDT)

Michael Bwana, a 20-year-old student who managed to flee from the al-Shabab attack on a college in Kenya, said he and other survivors have been trying to call their trapped friends but their phones are switched off.

Either the students turned off their phones for their own safety or the gunmen have seized the handsets, he said.

“Most of the people still inside there are girls,” he told The Associated Press, referring to the student dormitory in which gunmen are believed to be holding an unknown number of students.