Kenya university massacre toll rises to 148: Interior minister

NAIROBI (AFP) - The number killed in Kenya's university massacre rose to 148 people, Kenya's interior minister said Friday, as he declared operations to recover bodies over.

The final toll from Thursday's carnage in the college in the northeastern town of Garissa included 142 students, three police officers and three soldiers, Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said.

Four gunmen from Somalia's Al-Shabaab Islamists were also killed.

"We have called off the operation after combing the whole university, all the bodies have been removed from the scene and brought to Nairobi," Nkaissery told reporters, after arriving back in the capital from Garissa.

"This is a very sad moment for us as a country, and I urge calm and total cooperation with the security personnel to make Kenya safe," he added.