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One Dead, 31 Injured After Kenyan University Terror Drill Causes Panic

Some students and staff climbed out of windows several stories up as they tried to flee the mock attackers.

Posted on November 30, 2015, at 1:32 p.m. ET

One person was killed, and 31 others injured, after a practice terrorism drill at a Kenyan University on Monday caused widespread panic among staff and students.

Management at Strathmore University in Nairobi said an "approved safety and security simulation drill" was carried out at noon Monday to test evacuation procedures.

The threat of terrorism against Kenyan colleges is very real. In April this year, almost 150 mostly Christian students were killed at Garissa University in the country's north-east after al-Shabaab militants attacked the school.

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After Monday's drill started, terrified students were photographed climbing out of windows to evade the mock attackers, whom they believed to be real.

Strathmore Uni students teetering on the edge about to take a leap. it was all a drill.

People could be seen on window ledges as many as six stories above the ground.

After subjecting students 2such life threatening danger #Strathmore still wants u2 believe they made a genius move.

A photo was also shared on Twitter showing people fleeing through a ravine.

Several #Strathmore University students injured following a drill at the institution

"This simulation was aimed at testing the preparedness of the university community and emergency team in the event of an attack," university management said in a statement. "Unfortunately some students and staff panicked and got injured."

On Twitter, the university later confirmed that one staff member had died of "severe head injuries" during the panic.

Confirming one fatality, staff member Esther Kidemba succumbed to severe head injuries. Family has been informed.

The university said ambulances, fire fighters, and security officials helped to rescue and assist frightened and injured students.

Injured Strathmore university student being aided by a good Samaritan

The college has agreed to pay for the medical treatment of anyone injured in the drill, as well as provide counseling.

That was not a drill, that was a terror attack at #Strathmore. A terror attack carried out by Strathmore University upon it's students.

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