Thousands have gathered in a remote village in Kenya's Rift Valley to give a hero's burial to a police officer who died fighting to end an Islamic extremist attack on a university which killed 148 people.

Corporal Benard Kipkemoi Tonui was part of the police department's Recce Company which stopped the April 2 attack on Garissa University College in eastern Kenya in less than half an hour. This was after the army and regular police had tried for 12 hours to halt the four gunmen from Somalia's al-Shabab militant group from killing students.

Burial for victims of the attack started Friday after the government released the bodies to their families earlier this week.