Plans to Open Six Roads in Boni Forest to Combat Militant Activities, Says Kindiki

Plans To Open Six Roads In Boni Forest To Combat Militant Activities, Says Kindiki
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By ALLAN KISIA
Friday August 25, 2023

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has made an announcement regarding the government’s plan to open six roads around the Boni Forest in order to intensify efforts against suspected al Shabaab militants.

During his appearance before the National Administration and Internal Security Committee on Thursday, the CS revealed that the government will also closely monitor the activities of local residents in the vicinity of the forest.

“There are individuals encroaching upon the forest under the guise of engaging in agriculture, but they are actually harboring criminals,” he informed Members of Parliament.

Kindiki further stated that he has directed security officials in the area to provide him with proposals on how to effectively combat this threat.

“I have requested the officers in the area to develop suggestions on how to tackle the militants. I have also urged them to consult the public when formulating these proposals,” he added.

There has been a recent increase in attacks by militants in the coastal county.

Earlier this week, a truck driver and his assistant were killed in an ambush orchestrated by suspected al-Shabaab militants near the Lango La Simba area along the Lamu-Witu-Garsen Road.

Authorities explained that the vehicle was intercepted by heavily armed militants in the early morning hours.

On Thursday, security agencies in the county announced a manhunt for suspected al Shabaab militants who attempted to enter the Juhudi Primary School IDP camp in Lamu West at dawn.

The heavily armed terrorists stormed the camp at approximately 3:30 a.m. and began firing indiscriminately.

Al-Shabaab’s violent activities experienced a significant spike in June, with the militants launching attacks on both security forces and civilians.

These attacks occurred at a critical juncture, as Somalia and Kenya agreed to reopen the border points that had been closed since 2011. The African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) has also commenced the withdrawal of its troops from the neighboring country.