The explosion at the Dagahaley refugee camp in Dadaab occurred on Friday evening at a popular restaurant, normally frequented by locals.

“The seven victims sustained multiple shrapnel wounds from the grenade blast in different parts of their bodies and were rushed to hospital where they are still admitted and receiving treatment,” the Red Cross said in a statement.

The Dadaab refugee camp complex, the world’s biggest, lies about 100km from the border with Somalia.

“We lost two people and others have been injured,” Philip Tuimur, the regional police chief, said. Another police source  said the grenade was thrown from a moving vehicle.

Shabab violence

Dadaab has sheltered Somalians fleeing violence and drought for more than 20 years, and their numbers currently stand at nearly half a million.

Attacks have increased within Kenya since Nairobi sent army soldiers into southern Sudan to fight Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked Shabab fighters in late 2011.

Similar attacks and cross-border raids in the region have been blamed on the fighters or their Kenyan supporters, who have vowed revenge.

The Shabab still control large parts of southern Somalia, despite African Union troops, allied Somali forces and Ethiopian soldiers having wrested control of several key towns.

Kenyan troops, now integrated into the African Union force, seized the Shabab bastion of Kismayo, a key southern Somali port, in September.

That led to warnings of retaliation from both the Islamist insurgents and their Kenyan supporters.

But the Shabab have denied involvement in previous similar bombings.

Displaced Somalis

Violence in Kenya, ranging from attacks blamed on Islamists, inter-communal clashes and a police crackdown on a coastal separatist movement, have raised concerns over security ahead of elections due in March 2013.

Five years ago, elections descended into deadly post-poll killings that shattered Kenya’s image as a beacon of regional stability.

In Somalia in 2011, famine caused by extreme drought exacerbated by conflict claimed tens of thousands of lives and affected more than four million people, according to the United Nations.

Over a million Somalis are displaced inside the country, while over a million are refugees in neighbouring nations, according to UN figures.

Source : Aljazeera


  1. Somaliland should begin transferring the 90,000 Refugees in our country back to their Land. They are suffering in Somaliland since they are not recognized a legitimate refugees.

    It is more humane to return them to join the other 1.5million refugees in camps in Afgooye and outskirts of Moqadishu to share the faith of their other relatives.

    Ignoring the problem will never fix it. They need to go home ASAP!

  2. BLA BLA BLA you got the talk but not the walk. They staying where the are, in 1988 we gave the I@aqs Refugees food and shelder. Now is payback whether you like it or not.

    • 1.5Million Refugees in and around Moqadishu. The reality is that every day there are 5-12reports of rapes among these refugees in Moqadishu and surrounding, crimes being committed by the Amisom troops, Moqadishu police forces, Kenyan and Ethiopian troops.

      90,000 in Somaliland will not be harmed or molested but they are suffering in a different way. They will not be considered as Refugees therefore their stay is more a torture to them… among their torments:

      – When they speak they have a Somaliland accept not the Koonfur-fufu accent.
      – They do not get education.
      – They cannot afford health care.
      – They live in camps with Oroma and intermarry.
      – The children do not have a Koonfur culture.

      These people will some day return to Moqadishu and they will not be able to fit in and their might be associated conflicts due to their indoctrination in Somaliland.

      I feel sorry for them and i believe they will be better of in Moqadishu with their people. they will never be citizens in fact Oroma have a better chance of getting a job digging toilets and graves then them.

      • Fufu accent kkkkkkkkkkkkk. Buuxiye you made my day kkkk. I don’t how you get the right words at the right time. Keep up the good work my dear inadeer. Kkkkk.

          • Sahra why don't you volunteer to become a Teacher for the 90,000 people from your country?

            We are doing more for your people then you care to right?

            90.000 of your people are forgotten and it is Somaliland that has to feed them, while you spew vile vomit towards Somaliland on a daily basis?

            I never hear you or your dumb people talk about Kenya or Ethiopia who murder your people daily, perhaps we should threat your people like they are treated in Kenya and Ethiopia maybe then you and your people will begin to kiss the ground we walk on?

    • In 1988, all the northern population suffering was caused by the south. The government bombed the northern cities and the southern population did nothing to stop the killing. What is going on in the south now got nothing to do with Somaliland. Unlike the southern government, we are not the ones causing your suffering.

  3. Innocent people dying is sad period and when its a somali it has a particular sting at least to some it does. Shame on anyone saying burn.

    I hope they find peace and leave Somaliland alone while they are at it.

  4. Also I want to remind my fellow and beloved Landers that what folks like Kayse want to do is distract us from our mission to make this country great!

    So lets focus extra hard on how we can make this Republic stronger we owe that much to our those who sacrificed so much for this day!

    Every time they post a hateful comment, I want a Lander to put a comment with a solution to any problem we face in our nation. Every time they post some rubbish I want a Lander to post a new angle, a new idea of making what we currently have even stronger.

    Lets use their hate to our advantage! Lets make it a challenge whoever can come up with the most gets a free $100 ( or whatever) gift card to the shop of their choosing etc….

  5. I aslo Challenge Fa q@ @shawipress that instead of giving our enemies a voice on our media platforms that it once and for all prove its allegiance to Somaliland and its people by holding a online contest to its readers on how to make Somalilander better! Challenge our young and old from home and the diaspora to contribute meaningful ideas and then reward with acknowledgement on your site, perhaps even an interview! I DARE YOU! CAAARRRRR!

    • Come on again
      Well said dear. Unfortunately f/press doesn’t have the etiquette of replying to such important issue which you brought.
      Lately Alot of it’s reader have been complaining about same issue and a quite number of them don’t read this online news any more and yet so far they are not either defending their stand or giving any explanation. Solution is for all us to leave in mass. Good bless Somaliland.