Stampede in primary school wounds 20 other students, officials in the country's western town of Kakemega say.
Thirteen children died in a stampede at a primary school in the country's western area after they were let out to go home, a Kenyan police official said on Monday.
More than 20 other students of Kakemega Primary School were injured during the afternoon incident, said David Kabena, the police in charge of Kakemega central area.
CS Magoha: The loss of a child is very painful. My condolences to parents who have lost their children— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) February 3, 2020
We want to find out why we had a stampede in the school. PS Belio Kipsang will be in the school tomorrow. We will find out what happened & action will be taken#MondayReport pic.twitter.com/abZrDF5A12
The students were leaving their classes when the stampede occurred on the school's staircase at around 5 pm (local time), Citizen TV reported on its website.
It said the stampede occurred when a teacher apparently beat some students forcing others to run down the stairs in haste.
My heartfelt condolences to parents that have lost loved ones in the unfortunate and regrettable tragedy at Kakamega Primary School. I wish a quick recovery to the injured children and pray that God grant strength to the affected families.— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdinga) February 3, 2020
Former prime minister Raila Odinga said he was saddened by the tragedy.
"My heartfelt condolences to parents that have lost loved ones in the unfortunate and regrettable tragedy at Kakamega Primary School. I wish a quick recovery to the injured children and pray that God grant strength to the affected families," said Odinga on Twitter.