Kenya to close Dadaab, world's biggest refugee camp
Joseph Nkaissery said on Wednesday that Dadaab camp compromises Kenya's security because it harbours Somalia's al-Shabaab Islamic extremists and is a conduit for smuggling weapons. He said al-Shabaab planned three large-scale attacks from Dadaab, which hosts more than 328 000 refugees, mainly from Somalia.
Last week the Kenyan government announced it intends to close Dadaab and Kakuma, a refugee camp housing 190 000 people, mostly South Sudanese fleeing civil war. But on Wednesday Nkaissery said Kakuma will not be closed because it does not present a security risk.
The UN has urged Kenya to reconsider its decision to close Dadaab camp.