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One killed, three injured in attack on Dadaab refugee camp in Hagadera

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At least one person was killed and three others injured on Wednesday morning when masked gunmen attacked a non-governmental organisation’s compound at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Hagadera, Garissa County.

The victim who was killed in the gun attack was a Physics teacher at nearby Hagadera Secondary School.

According to an eyewitness, about 10 armed masked men stormed the premises of Windle Trust, an NGO working in the refugee camp, before they were confronted by security guards.

Mr Abdullahi Mohamed, a resident of Hagadera, told the Nation that the attackers opened fire and injured the G4S security officers, who were guarding the compound during the 3am incident.

“One of them was seriously injured because one of his kidneys was shot, while the injuries on the other two were not very serious — one had gunshot wounds in his knees and other in his abdomen,” he said.

All the injured were being treated at the Hagadera Hospital.

Following the early Wednesday morning incident, all activities undertaken by the non-governmental organisation in the sprawling refugee’s camp were temporarily suspended, the Nation has established.

“The attack coincided with food distribution day, which is life-saving to the refugees in these camps but has been suspended until further notice,” said a humanitarian aid worker, who did not want to be identified as he is not allowed to speak on behalf of the agency