One woman died and about 30 other people were injured during a security drill at Strathmore University.
Esther Kidambi, a female employee of Strathmore University who worked at the catering department, died of injuries at the university dispensary. She was said to have jumped from the third floor of a school building after hearing gunshots.
The drill is said to have been organized by Strathmore University and security agencies, but some students and staff said they had no idea of such a thing.
It is alleged that Security officers fired gunshots during the drill, causing panic on the campus.
Some students and one professor jumped from a four-story building and got injured as they thought it was a terror attack.
Images posted to social media showed some of the university students climbing out of windows and hanging from frames, while others wading through a stream to get away from the perceived danger.
Here are some of the reactions on social media;
Strathmore Uni students teetering on the edge about to take a leap. it was all a drill. pic.twitter.com/O5bcmPEaHK
— James Smart (@jamessmat) November 30, 2015
— reported.ly (@reportedly) December 1, 2015
Strathmore University should have coordinated with the Interior ministry and the government.~ Police spokesman Charles Owino.
— NationBreakingNews (@NationBreaking) December 1, 2015
In airplanes they show you where the emergency exists are,how to use a life jacket.They don't simulate a crash. Strathmore did the reverse.
— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) November 30, 2015
Nairobi County Police Commander Japheth Koome said “all procedures were followed in the security drill,” which he said was meant to test preparedness in case of a terror attack.
The university said only rubber bullets were used during the drill.
The drill came after reports that Somali militant group Al-Shabaab was planning attacks in the country.
Someone needs to be accountable for the loss of life and injuries caused to the Strathmore community.