3 injured as Strathmore Uni drill causes panic in Nairobi

November 30, 2015 11:35 am
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This photo which was posted on social media platforms shows panicked students at the Strathmore University. Photo/ COURTESY
This photo which was posted on social media platforms shows panicked students at the Strathmore University. Photo/ COURTESY

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30 – Three students have been injured, one of them critically, following a terror attack drill conducted at the Strathmore University Monday afternoon.

Kenya Red Cross Communications Manager Anolda Shiundu told Capital FM News that the injured have been admitted to Mater and Nairobi West Hospitals.

“We cannot release all the details now but there are three casualties from the drill. One of them is critical. The casualties have been moved to the Mater and Nairobi West Hospitals,” she said.

The drill was coordinated by Administration Police officers, without the knowledge of officers at the Lang’ata police station who were only informed as it got underway.

Nairobi Police chief Japheth Koome however, says all protocols were followed in the security drill, which he says was meant to gauge preparedness in case of a terror attack there.

“Strathmore Drill Update: Unconfirmed no. of casualties reported.2 ambulances dispatched to support with evacuation of casualties to hospital,” a statement from the Kenya Red Cross Society said.

Gunshots were heard at the institution which made scared student scamper to safety.

According to reports a number of blasts and several gunshots made students run and take cover and in the process, several of them were injured.

News that it was a drill was received with criticism as students and staff said they should have been pre-warned and alerted on what protocols to follow in such an incident.

On social media, commentators faulted the organisers saying the exercise was poorly cordinated and it failed to attain its objectives.

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