Cynthia Cheroitich said she concealed herself in a cupboard, covering herself with clothes, when the Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab attacked Garissa University on Thursday. She drank body lotion instead of water.
Soldiers had to get the principal to tell the woman the siege was over before she emerged from her hiding place Saturday,
As she cowered in the cupboard, she heard the militants order her roommates outside.
“They told my other roommates who had hidden themselves under the bed,” she told CNN. “They told them to go out. When they were outside now, they said if you don’t know how to read to them in the Muslim word, whatever, you lie down. And then if you know, you go to the other side.”
Also Saturday, Somali militants threatened to stage “another bloodbath” in Kenya following their assault on the university, in which they killed 147 people.
The threat drew a sharp response from Nadif Jama, the governor for Garissa county.
“The fallacy and satanic mindset of Al-Shabaab is that in Somalia, they kill Muslims and Somalis,” Jama said. “They cross the border here and then say they are killing non-Muslims. That is a tricky way of doing business.”
Jama said the militants were “bent on nothing but destruction” and aimed to sow division between Muslims and non-Muslims.
“But that is something we need to fight,” Jama said.
Kenyan police have arrested five suspects in connection with Thursday’s attack at the school, not far from Kenya’s border with Somalia, Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said Friday.