Transformer causes student stampede at Kikuyu campus

April 12, 2015 8:10 am
"They thought they had been attacked…it was still very early in the morning," he stated/XINHUA-File
“They thought they had been attacked…it was still very early in the morning,” he stated/XINHUA-File

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12 – Over 100 students were injured in a stampede at the University of Nairobi Kikuyu Campus Sunday morning after a transformer exploded after an underground electrical cable busted.

Nairobi Police boss Benson Kibue told Capital FM News that the students were injured when they tried to escape from their hostels thinking it was a terror attack.

“They thought they had been attacked… it was still very early in the morning,” he stated.

Police officers and emergency services were swiftly deployed to the campus to contain the situation.

Kibue said the students sustained minor injuries and were rushed to the Kenyatta National Hospital and have since been attended to.

“The situation has been put to control. The cable will also be repaired,” he said.

Kenyans have been asked to stay vigilant afterthe Garissa University College attack that claimed 148 lives.

One of the people who witnessed the morning stampede says the blast was very loud and they thought it was a bomb.

“We were all scared… the explosion was heard within a large area, we thought they have come (terrorists) to attack us,” he said.

“It’s a good thing were it not for the stampede because you won’t stay there and wait for them to kill you.”

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