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Students search for their belongings that were misplaced during a exercise at Strathmore University on Monday--Reuters

Security drill sparks panic at Kenyan university

WT24 Desk

NAIROBI: 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, AFP reports. Kenya Red Cross spokeswoman 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 Shebab 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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