An unannounced terror drill at Strathmore University in Kenya went horribly wrong, resulting in the death of a young woman and injuring 30 others. The vast majority of staff and students were unaware of the planned simulation, which caused a panic after apparent gunmen started firing blanks into the air without warning. According to witnesses, this caused a stampede, with people running away from their campus or even jumping from windows, suffering broken legs. One staff member, 33-year-old Esther Kidambi, who worked in the catering department, did not survive her jump from a third floor window. According to a tutor, many of the students were under the impression they were being attacked by al-Shabaab militants, as happened at Garissa University earlier this year. A spokeswoman for the university said the drill was intended to test “the preparedness of the university community and emergency team in the event of an attack.” She added: “Unfortunately some students and staff panicked and got injured… We have started an intensive assessment of key lessons learnt during this simulation. We will reveal these to the necessary authorities.”
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