, NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 9 – At least 69 suspects were arrested on Wednesday in the ongoing security operation following deadly attacks in Lamu and Tana River counties.
According to the Deputy Inspector General of Police Samuel Arachi who is leading the multi-agency operation, the suspects were found with maps of Lamu and Tana Delta as well as sketches of Boni and Mokowe forests.
Among other items recovered by the joint operation of police and Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) include scarves and ropes that police say the suspects may have used to tie their victims.
Arachi said they are also following other leads and expressed confidence that there will be a breakthrough.
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers and all security personnel in the area, including the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Kenya Forest Service (KFS), were deployed around the forests on Monday to beef up security as reports emerged that the militia were using it as their launching base.
The operation comes amidst reports of an exodus by residents who have fled their homes in Hindi in Lamu County and Gamba in Tana River County following the killing of 21 people on Saturday night.
According to the Kenya Red Cross, the victims were fleeing to the local prison compound in Hindi, as well as to Mpeketoni and other towns outside the two counties.