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20 hurt in Somaliland grenade attack
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 08:48:04 GMT
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At least 20 people have been wounded after an unknown attacker hurled a grenade at a crowded market in the capital of the self-declared republic of Somaliland.

On Tuesday, an assailant threw a grenade at several people who were shopping at a market in the center of Hargeisa. Twenty people sustained injuries as a result of the attack, a Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported.

Ambulance workers ferried the wounded to Hargeisa's hospital, where they are receiving treatment.

Somaliland, situated in northwestern Somalia, unilaterally declared independence from rest of the Horn of Africa country in 1991.

Somalia has not had a functioning government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The Somali government has struggled for years to restore security but efforts have not yet yielded results in the nation.

Nearly a million people have died following years of fighting between rival warlords and also due to the country's inability to deal with famine and disease.

There are more than 1.4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia. More than 300,000 IDPs have been sheltered in Mogadishu alone.

Most of the displaced live in squalid conditions at makeshift sites in southern and central Somalia, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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