In Summary
  • Hideouts were being used by the militants to launch attacks on vehicles plying the Lamu-Gamba-Garsen road.
  • Two people died in a twin attack in the area after a Toyota Probox car and a lorry were sprayed with bullets.
  • Mr Kanyiri asked residents to stay away from the forest which is currently under tight security surveillance.

Officers conducting the ongoing multi-agency security Operation Linda Boni in Lamu have discovered and destroyed three key Al-Shabaab hideouts at Lango la Simba in Witu Division of Lamu West.

Speaking during a security meeting at Mahrus Hotel in Lamu Island on Sunday, Linda Boni Operation Director Joseph Kanyiri said the hideouts were discovered and destroyed through efforts by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers and National Police Service officers manning the area.

He said the hideouts were being used by the militants to launch attacks in the area especially on vehicles plying the Lamu-Gamba-Garsen road.

DEADLY ATTACKS

It is in this area that militants suspected to be Al-Shabaab attacked and killed passengers and motorists.

On August 2, 2017, three Tana River County officials died after their vehicle was torched by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in the same area which is also home to the Nyongoro and Gamba.

It is the same day that five passengers aboard a Raha bus from Malindi to Kipini were injured when the bus was sprayed with bullets by suspected Al-Shabaab militants.

Recently, two people died in a twin attack in the area after a Toyota Probox car and a lorry were sprayed with bullets by the militants.

Mr Kanyiri said he is confident that the identification and destruction of the three hideouts this week will help bring peace and stability in the area.

He said an operation to hunt down the militants in Witu, Hindi and inside Boni Forest is still ongoing.

KEEP OFF FOREST

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