The Kenyan government has started the process of returning the bodies of the victims of the Garissa killings to their families.

Kenya's Education Principal Secretary Dr Richard Kipsang said the government had started releasing the bodies to their relatives ahead of the burials and that their target was about 20 per day.

"We are releasing the bodies of our beloved young ones, the students of Garissa University and as of now we are processing the release of the bodies," said Kipsang.

Some grieving relatives of the students were still camping out at a local mortuary in the hope that they would be able to identify their loved ones.

"We have given ourselves a target of around 20 bodies today and then the process will continue tomorrow, processing in batches of 20 as we release them and we hope any family will be prepared because it all depends on which day they will want to bury their loved ones and we shall process them in accordance with the day they would have requested us to process," Kipsang added.

In the biggest single attack on Kenyan soil since the 1998 US embassy bombing, gunmen from the Islamist militant group al Shabaab stormed Garissa University College and killed 148 people.