September 26, 2018

Police Were Not Informed About Strathmore Drill; IG Boinnet


By Calvin Osiemo

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has said that Strathmore University did not inform the police of the mock terror drill that took place on Monday at the institution.

One member of the University’s staff succumbed to injuries she sustained from the drill that also left more than 20 injured.

The students and staff were escaping after gunshots were heard in the school in what they thought was a terror attack.

Reports have however emerged that the students and staff had undergone a 10 week training on terror response tactics and the drill was just part of the training to gauge their response in case of any pending attack.

Some students have denied that they were informed of the mock drill despite undergoing the training program.

From photos taken during the incident, staff and students were seen jumping as high as from the fourth floor which led to most of them sustaining serious injuries.

The statement comes after Nairobi police commander Japheth Koome said no protocol was breached with all relevant authorities being informed.

One of the students who were caught up in the middle of the turmoil said she believed it is a terror attack and she ran for her safety.

“I thought terrorists had come to attack us just like what we have been seeing in Paris. I could not take chances and I can tell you some people were injured in the drama. I was disappointed when they announced it was a drill,” said the female student.

Nairobi head of CID Nicholas Kamwende said that they are looking into the matter and have launched investigations to that effect.

The university in a statement said they are footing the medical bills for all the injured people in the drill.

The incident comes amid Kenya’s fight against terrorism insurgency that has claimed many lives including the April attack on a university in Garissa that left 148 people dead, mostly students.

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