Mass panic at Kenya university security drill

2015-11-30 19:22
An ambulance parked outside Strathmore University after more than 14 students were injured after trying to escape from the University campus building during an emergency drill. (John Muchucha, AFP)

An ambulance parked outside Strathmore University after more than 14 students were injured after trying to escape from the University campus building during an emergency drill. (John Muchucha, AFP)

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Nairob - Three Kenyan students were injured on Monday as they fled after hearing gunshots fired during a security drill, thinking it was a real attack, the Red Cross said.

Kenya Red Cross spokesperson Anolda Shiundu said there were three "casualties from the drill, one of them critical."

Police said it was just a security exercise, but images showed terrified students standing on window ledges at Strathmore University, close the centre of the capital Nairobi.

Kenya has seen several attacks launched by Al-Qaeda-linked and Somali-led 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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