In Summary
  • Ishakani and Ras Kamboni villages are within the ongoing multi-agency security Operation Linda Boni zone.
  • A resident said they heard reports of a terror attack that had taken place between Ishakani and Ras Kamboni on Saturday.
  • Residents also observed an increase in the number of security personnel and vehicles that were patrolling the area.

Residents in Ishakani and Ras Kamboni on the border of Lamu and Somalia were on Saturday forced to remain indoors for hours as security agencies pursued suspected Al-Shabaab militants said to be planning attacks in the area.

Locals who spoke to the Nation said security officers instructed them to limit their movements in the area to pave way for the security personnel to conduct massive crackdown on suspected Al-Shabaab militants who have been launching attacks and attempts in the areas in recent days.

LINDA BONI ZONE

Ishakani and Ras Kamboni villages are within the ongoing multi-agency security Operation Linda Boni zone.

The operation was launched in September 2015 and sought to flush out Al-Shabaab militants believed to be hiding inside the dense Boni Forest.

Mr Ahmed Islam, a resident in Ishakani, said they would, from time to time, hear loud gunshots and explosions coming from the Ras Kamboni direction, suggesting a possible attack.

REMAIN INDOORS

“Security officers from the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) have been moving round our villages asking us to remain inside our houses since security is not good. They told us we should not even use the Ishakani-Ras Kamboni route at the moment to pave way for them to fight terrorists. We’ve also been hearing loud bursts and explosions from a distance towards Ras Kamboni,” said Mr Islam.

Another resident, Mohamed Omar, said they had heard reports of a terror attack that had taken place between Ishakani and Ras Kamboni on Saturday.

TERROR ATTACK

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