Three injured in blast at Kenya refugee camp: UN
06/15/2012 15:40 GMT
IFO CAMP, Kenya, June 15, 2012 (AFP) - Three people were injured Friday at a refugee camp in northeastern Kenya when an explosive device went off, an official from the UN refugee agency official said.
"We can confirm that a vehicle belonging to a woman refugee leader was targeted today. Three people on board were injured," said Abel Mbilinyi, deputy representative of the UNHCR in Kenya.
"This lady was obviously targeted, because she was just leaving her house. It was an improvised explosive device," he told AFP.
No one has claimed responsibility for the early afternoon attack at Ifo camp in the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex, the world's largest.
A local police chief George Kingi confirmed the number of injured.
The last reported such incident targeting refugees in Dadaab, often leaders in the refugee community, was in mid-March when two Somalis in Ifo were shot dead and a third was wounded by gunmen.
With more than 465,000 inmates at the end of May, the camps at Dadaab now constitute Kenya's third-biggest town, and insecurity has taken hold.
In mid-May a police officer was killed and two were injured when a landmine exploded under their vehicle near Dadaab.
The camps lie some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the border with Somalia. Kenya sent troops across the border in October, and Al-Qaeda allied Shebab insurgents have been warning of retribution and revenge attacks ever since.
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