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Kenyans need to be educated on how to respond to terror attacks

13 April 2015, 14:50 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Nairobi Governor, Evans Kidero has said that a nationwide civic education is direly needed to educate citizens on how to act in case of any terror attack.

Kidero said majority of citizens are not equipped with vital knowledge on how they should escape unharmed during a terror attack incident, and therefore many victims end up succumbing to serious injuries for lack of precautionary measures.

Kidero was responding to the Sunday morning incident at the University of Nairobi’s Kikuyu campus where one student died and 141 others injured following a power transformer explosion which they thought was another terror attack similar to the recent Garissa University College by Al-Shabaab terrorists.

“I urge the Government to spearhead a widespread civic education campaign as one of the measures to deal with insecurity in the country. Most Kenyans barely have an idea on how to act in case of a terrorist attack,” said Kidero.

Kidero asked citizens and those in leadership positions to desist from laying blame on anyone particularly officers in charge of security but instead learn from the made mistakes and work collaboratively in the fight against insecurity.

Read Also: MP asks Govt to review the security system to curb terror attacks

The Kenya Power company announced that it will take charge of all the incurred damages following transformer explosion at UoN.

Some of the 141 injured students had joint dislocations on their limbs after jumping from six storey hostels to escape the alleged attack.

The University’s vice Chancellor, Peter Mbithi confirmed that the injured students were admitted in various hospitals around the city including the Kenyatta National Hospital, and added that those with minor injuries were discharged.

The stampede at Kikuyu campus has interfered with the academic calendar because the end of semester examinations that were to kick off this week have been postponed. 

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