Strathmore staff dies after terror drill goes awry

November 30, 2015 5:30 pm
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“We were not informed, we were not aware at all,” one student said in hospital, “we just heard gunshots and had to run for our dear lives.”
“We were not informed, we were not aware at all,” one student said in hospital, “we just heard gunshots and had to run for our dear lives.”

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 30 – One person died Monday following the terror attack drill that was conducted at the Strathmore University, leaving dozens others wounded.

A statement from University’s Communications Manager Betty Ngala said the deceased was a staff member who had been taken to the institution’s dispensary.

“We confirm that we have one fatality, this evening.,” she said, “One staff member by name Esther Kidemba, age 33 years, who has died from severe head injuries.”

She said “efforts to resuscitate her failed, and she succumbed to the injuries and the the family has been informed of this.”

At least 20 others—mainly students—were still admitted to hospital with varied injuries sustained as they tried to flee during the drill, which appear to have been poorly coordinated.

“We were not informed, we were not aware at all,” one student said in hospital, “we just heard gunshots and had to run for our dear lives.”

Most of them were taken to hospital by the Kenya Red Cross personnel who rushed to the university in Madaraka.

When asked about the death and injuries after the drill, Nairobi Police chief Japheth Koome said “please direct all your questions to the university.”

An earlier statement from the university soon after the drill said, “the simulation was aimed at testing the preparedness of the university community and emergency team in the event of an attack.”

Kenya has seen several attacks launched by Al-Qaeda-linked and Somali-led Al Shabaab insurgents in recent years.

They include an April massacre at Garissa university in which 148 people were killed, and a 2013 assault on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall that killed 67.

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