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Families still yet to identify bodies of Garissa attack victims

12 April 2015, 10:00 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - It is agony at the Chiromo mortuary for some families yet to identify bodies of their loved ones, 10 days after the Garissa terror attack.

According to officers at the Chiromo mortuary, there are six bodies yet to be identified from the attack and some of them have cases of double claims from different families.

The issue has been complicated by the fact that the faces of the victims are disfigured badly, thus the only mode of identification is through the use of fingerprints.

" It is agonising for families. It is gut wrenching seeing them go this far to identify the bodies of their children and we hope that the process will end quickly, a mortuary official told News24.

One such case is that of a slain student Beth Njambi, whose body was initially identified by her family, only for a different family to claim the same body.

Officials have been forced to re-do the fingerprint check to ascertain the identity of the body.

" We were told the body was hers but now we have to wait longer because a different family has claimed it, Isaac Njenga, a cousin of Njambi's told News24.

" We hope it will come out positively but if not, we will hope she is either still alive or can find her body soon," he added.

The other 142 bodies out of the 148 have already been released to families for burial, some of which begun Friday and will continue through the coming week.

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