18 April 2019

Kenya: Flying Bullets Cause Panic, Anger Among Gilgil Residents

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A military training has caused anxiety among residents of Gilgil in Nakuru County after a stray bullet hit a 25-year-old photojournalist and left him fighting for his life.

Mr Kevin Njenga suffered serious head injuries and is being treated at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital.

He said he was outside his house, which neighbours the training grounds, when the projectile hit him.

"I thank God l escaped death narrowly. But l am still suffering because the bullet is still in my body," Mr Njenga said from his hospital bed.

REMOVE BULLET

Ms Veronicah Gakuo, the victim's neighbour, said he first sought treatment at a local hospital but was referred to the Nakuru hospital to have the bullet removed.

The incident has caused anger and panic among residents, who want the shooting range relocated.

Another resident who sought anonymity said the training is exposing hundreds of locals to the dangers of stray bullets.

"I call upon the military to reconsider taking the shooting range to another place far from human settlement," he said.

Gilgil Sub-County Police Commander Emmanuel Opuru said the military personnel were in a routine shooting drill when the incident happened.

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