I lost 10 colleagues in 1998 bomb blast

Oscar Ikinya, a survivor of the August 7, 1998 bomb blast in  Nairobi, during an interview at his home in Kikambala, Kilifi County, on August 7, 2020. 

Photo credit: Wachira Mwangi | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Some of his colleagues who went to see what caused the first blast were not lucky. They came face to face with the second blast that was deafening and more devastating.
  • Mr Ikinya later got in touch with the bank and learnt that some of his colleagues were in the intensive care unit and that 10 others had died.
  • Mr Ikinya now stays at his home in Kikambala, Kilifi County, and farms moringa on his half acre piece of land.

On August 7, 1998, Oscar Ikinya was among five people from the Cooperative Merchant Bank who survived the terror attack on the American embassy.


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