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Students sent home following terror threats, strike

09 September 2015, 12:09 Steve Njuguna

Nyahururu - Tension is still high at Njonjo Girls high school after leaflets warning of possible terror attacks were found in the school.

Confirming the incident, Nyahururu sub-County AP Commander Daniel Masaba said that three leaflets warning of  terrorist attacks 'worse than the Garrisa University one' had been found in the school.

Masaba added that Police have however intensified patrols around the area.

“We are on the lookout as we carryout investigations on the masterminds of the threats,” he said while addressing the media Tuesday morning in his office.

He said that they suspected the striking teachers to be behind the circulation of the leaflets, noting that the school had opened last week but was forced to close down.

“Make arrangements to take your children out of the school as soon as possible,” read one of the hand-written notes in part.

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A teacher who sought anonymity said that the students were allowed to go home on voluntary basis, with the school administration fearing that the threats coupled with the ongoing teacher’s strike would worsen the situation.

“The students were scared and had threatened to leave the school on Sunday, but calmed down on noticing the intensified police patrols,” he told News24.

He said that the recently opened police post in Laikipia University, bordering Njonjo girls, continues to suffer as there are no enough staff to man it.

“The area is understaffed of police officers and this had been worsened by the operations to wipe out illegal grazers and cattle rustlers in the neighbouring Kamwenje area,” regretted Masaba.

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