Sh2 million bounty for al Shabaab suspects behind Lamu attacks

Evrard Martin
Juillet 20, 2017

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed Monday to flush out Al-Shabaab militants who have been killing villagers in the restive Lamu County, saying terrorists will be met with deadly force.

Lamu has experienced increased attacks by the Somali militant group over the last month.

Police operating in the area said they were on alert and there are fears of more attacks in the area from the gang. They were driven into Boni Forest.

He said no casualties were reported. Mokowe is about 35 kilometres from Milihoi where five people were killed last week. Two people died in a rescue operation by Kenyan forces.

Among them are two brothers, Salad Tari Gufu and Gufu Tari Gufu, who may have been involved in the recent abduction and shooting of Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy.

The militants had killed 13 people in Jima and Pandaguo areas a week earlier.

Kenyatta pledged to meet fire-with-fire in the war against terrorists.

"Our citizens are losing their lives".

President Kenyatta has ordered security forces to intensify the hunt for terrorists in Boni forest which they use as a launching pad. "My Principal Secretary was wounded here a few days ago", said Kenyatta, who is on a political campaign tour of the Lamu region. "I have no apologies to make in taking the tough measures we are taking", he added, while promising to continue with the government's heavy investment in infrastructure to spur prosperity. We will finish them.

Uhuru also asked families living in the forest to move out immediately so as not to be caught up in the pacification operation.

"I am just asking you to help in the fight by providing information that could help track them", he said. A curfew has been imposed in the area as part of efforts to tame the attacks.

Police are offering a Sh2 million bounty for five al Shabaab suspects believed to be behind the attacks in Lamu.

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