6 Injured in Renewed Attack at Refugee Camp in Kenya


Garissa, Kenya –  Six people were injured in a renewed grenade attack by Al-Shabaab suspects on Sunday night in the sprawling refugee camp in northern Kenya bordering the war- scarred Somalia.

The attacks came a day after an international Islamic aid organization, Islamic Relief-Kenya operating in the camps, scaled down its operation over security concerns for its staffs. Gunmen stormed its staff residential camp last Friday.

The deputy officer commanding Dadaab region Patrick Okeri said Monday a business man in Ifo 1 trading center was severally shot by masked armed men who accosted him at gunpoint as he was closing his business for the day at 5:50 p.m. local time on Sunday.

“The middle man who operates a retail shop selling cigarettes and miraa in Ifo 1 trading center was confronted by pistol wielding assailants as he was preparing to lock the door. They shot him severally before they escaped on foot,” Okeri told Xinhua.

He said the victim was rushed to the Dadaab district hospital by residents.

In the second incident in the adjacent Dagahley refugee camp, five construction workers were seriously wounded in a hand grenade explosion hurled at them by suspected members of the Somali Islamist group on Sunday night.

Confirming the attacks, Okeri said the laborers were preparing super and making stories, when the assailants dropped a hand grenade at them, injuring five of them seated together at the time.

“We suspect that the attackers are either members or sympathizers of Al-Qaida linked Al-Shabaab since their victims are people from communities coming outside North-Eastern region. The motives of the attackers as always are to disturb the integrations of Kenyans multi-ethnic and religion relations,” he said.

Last week, two administration police officers were killed, six civilians injured and 12 vehicles completely destroyed in twin terror attacks in the border towns of Wajir and Mandera.

Since the Kenya government sent military personnel into southern Somalia in late 2011 and drove Al-Shabaab out of strategic towns including the lucrative port of Kismayu, the militia group has carried out a series of attacks in Kenya to press for the pullout of its troops from the Horn of African country.