Survivors recount night of terror in Eastleigh
01 April 2014, 16:33
Nairobi - Survivors of the Eastleigh attack which killed six people have recounted the events and scenes during and after the latest terrorist attack on Kenyan soil.
The attacks instantly killed the six while injuring close to 30 others Monday night in the busy Eastleigh neighbourhood.
The explosions occured at two restaurants, The Sheraton Cafe and the New Muazirua hotel in the area, frequently frequented by area residents.
Most of the victims were either eating their supper, having a conversation with friends or watching the seven o'clock news when the attack happened.
Newton Aggrey Kamau is a frequent visitor at the Sheraton Cafe and even knows the owner Patrick Gakuyu and says his was a normal evening.
" I usually go there to have tea, watch the seven o'clock news and engage in some evening banter, he says but in this day it felt different.
" It was quieter than usual. There is usually lots of noise with people talking loudly but this time it was different, he said.
After the explosion, he says there was utter darkness and after making his way out he stumbled on bodies of dead people.
" I just saw bodies lying all over, blood and scattered debris. It was not a good sight. I remember running and running until I was 500 metres away, then I collapsed.
He was discharged in the morning.
Issa Juma Khalid was also at the Sheraton Cafe and says that he walked out just a few moments before the attack.
" I had just left the hotel a few seconds to the blast and was walking away before it happened, he said.
He was hit my flying debris but was not very much affected.
" I was lucky that I left earlier because those that died were hit from the outside where I had been, so I was just lucky, he added.
22 persons were admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital after the attacks with 11 released and nine retained for further treatment.
KNH communications officer Simon Ithae said that most had soft tissue injuries whilst those with major bone injuries were retained for further treatment.
" We have released a good number but most we have need further treatment, he said.
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