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Seven pupils treated for shock after fresh school fire

At least seven pupils were treated for shock and minor injuries after a dormitory at St Augustine Primary School in Mombasa caught fire on Sunday night.

The girl’s dormitory which accommodated 135 pupils caught fire at about 11.30 pm.

The police attributed the fi‎re to an electrical fault and ruled out arson as investigations continue.

Mombasa Deputy OCPD Njoroge Ngigi said they received a fire emergency call from St Augustine Primary school at around 11.50pm.

“There was fire on the second floor of the girls’ dormitory.

Swift response by the Mombasa County and Kenya Ports Authority fire brigades managed to contain the fire which had consumed a better part of the dorm.” Mr Ngigi said.

Suspected criminal shot dead during botched robbery

A suspected thug was last night shot dead in an attempted robbery in Mwiki area, Nairobi.

Police said the suspect was in the company of three others and had tried a break-in at Mwalimu Plaza.

A pistol with one bullet was recovered from the slain criminal while his accomplices escaped on foot.

This brings the number of suspects killed in the area in the same day to three.

Two others were shot in a police operation where two pistols with 30 bullets were recovered from a house.

The recovered pistols is suspected to have been stolen from police in past ambushes.

IOC says Russian doping system is an attack on the Olympics

IOC president Thomas Bach says the Russian state-sponsored doping system is “an attack on the Olympic Games”.

Following the McLaren report, individual sports’ governing bodies have been allowed to decide if Russian competitors should be allowed to compete in Rio, and Bach explained the reason for this is because it’s tough to punish individual athletes for the failures of their government.

“The McLaren report, his mandate as he explained and this is why he needs to continue, was to reveal a system and this he did. This he did in a really shocking way. If this system was applied like this, it’s an attack on everything that we want to represent.

“It’s an attack on the Olympic Games and it’s an attack on our values. What we have to decide then is much more difficult because we now have to decide what does this system mean for each and every individual. How far can you go to punish an individual for the failures or manipulation of your government?” the Olympics chief stated.

Bach added his organisation can’t sanction heads of state, despite Russia having been accused of running a state-sponsored doping programme.

Individual sports’ governing bodies have been allowed to decide if Russian competitors should be allowed to compete at the Olympics, and Bach explained the reason for this is because he’s waiting for the finalisation of the McLaren report, which will reveal further details on the scandal.

 

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