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Mandera attack sitrep update no. 2, on 8th July 2015

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Heavy explosion and gunfire was reported in Mandera on the morning of 7th July 2015 at around 0215hrs near Soko la Mbuzi (Goats Market) in Mandera County, North East Kenya. It is reported that a group of armed men attacked a residential premise occupied mainly by quarry workers and local construction workers killing 11 people at the scene of the attack using hand grenades and firearms.

Introduction

Heavy explosion and gunfire was reported in Mandera on the morning of 7th July 2015 at around 0215hrs near Soko la Mbuzi (Goats Market) in Mandera County, North East Kenya. It is reported that a group of armed men attacked a residential premise occupied mainly by quarry workers and local construction workers killing 11 people at the scene of the attack using hand grenades and firearms. Three (3) more people are reported to have died while undergoing treatment at the Mandera level 4 hospital where they had been transferred.

Likewise 11 survivors with varying degrees of injuries five of them critically injured, received treatment in Mandera level 4 hospital by daybreak.

Situation Overview

By the end of yesterday evening on 7th July 2015, all the affected victims were successfully airlifted from Mandera to Nairobi with the support from the Kenya Red Cross Society and the Government - National Disaster Management Unit (NDMU) response. Among them were 13 deceased bodies that were taken to Chiromo morgue by NDMU, 9 casualties who had been admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital, and 2 survivors were able to be linked with their family members. One of the deceased bodies was identified thus was left in Mandera hospital mortuary.

KRCS Response

The KRCS airlifted the 9 casualties and 2 survivors from Mandera to Wilson airport; they were later transferred by 7 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulances to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). The two survivors were able to be linked with their family members in Nairobi.

In addition psychological first aid, emotional support and tracing services were offered to family members, friends and relatives who were at Chiromo and at KNH while admitting the casualties.

These services were still ongoing as of 8th July 2015, with a team of 20 (staff and volunteers) in Chiromo where two tents have been set up to provide tracing and Psychosocial Support Services, as the body viewing and identification is planned to be conducted. Also a follow up is being made in KNH to find out if the relatives of the casualties are in contact.

Conclusion

KRCS continues to support the ongoing operation both in Nairobi and in Mandera with close monitoring on the situation progress.