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Kenya charges five over al-Shabab's Garissa massacre

Tanzanian national Rashid Charles Mberesero (L) stands inside the dock with Osman Abdi Dakane (2nd L), Sahal Diriye Hussein (C), Hassan Aden Hassan (2nd R), Mohamed Abdi Abikar (R) at the Milimani Law Courts in Kenya"s capital Nairobi, June 4, 2015 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The accused want to be released on bail

Five men have been charged in a Kenyan court with 162 counts of terrorism following the deadly assault by militant Islamists on Garissa University College in April.

The four Kenyans and one Tanzanian conspired to commit "a terrorist act" at the university, the charge sheet alleges. The men denied the charges.

They are the first people to be charged in connection with the massacre.

Al-Shabab said it carried out the attack, which killed 148 people.

The group is headquartered in Somalia, but has become increasingly active in Kenya in recent years.

The Garissa attack was the deadliest carried out by al-Shabab, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

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Most of those who died in the raid were students and the attackers singled out Christians to be killed, while sparing Muslims.

The names of the 148 killed were all read out in a court in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, the AFP news agency reports.

Judge Daniel Ogembo remanded the accused in custody until 11 June when the court will rule on their bail application, it reports.

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Image caption Most of those who died in the day-long siege were undergraduates

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