At least two female staff members of the Technical University of Mombasa have been killed by gunmen who ambushed a bus carrying students.
The driver of the vehicle, two police officers and several students were also injured when the shooters ambushed their vehicle as it arrived on campus.
Armed police have swooped on the campus in the coastal country of Kwale to hunt for the gunmen.
Eyewitnesses said terrified students fled for their lives and after the gunmen opened fire on the car on Tuesday morning.
Blood-covered students who were wounded in the attack have been seen being carried from university buildings.
The identity of the gunmen was unclear. Police in the coastal county of Kwale, where the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) has a campus, said they could be robbers or militants.
Security is poor in the area and the convoy had a police escort. Somali Islamist militants al Shabaab frequently carry out attacks along the Kenyan coast and have been recruiting new members there.
In 2015, al Shabaab gunmen killed 148 students at a university in Kenya’s Garissa town near the Kenya-Somali border, an attack that provoked shock and outrage in Kenya and abroad.