NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 15 – Security agencies have launched major operations in Lamu and Garissa Counties in pursuit of Al Shabaab terrorists following two failed terror attacks – one on Saturday evening and another on Sunday morning.
In Lamu, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet says police are pursuing more than 170 Al Shabaab militia who escaped into Boni Forest following a foiled attack on a military camp in Baure area.
During the botched terror attack, Kenyan soldiers killed 11 terrorists while two officers were killed.
“The attack was swiftly and effectively repulsed with the enemy suffering huge casualties,” he said.
In Garissa, the police boss said the militants attempted to attack construction workers at Bula Gulam village but police officers repulsed them.
On Saturday, Boinnet had placed the country on high alert, saying intelligence indicated that Al Shabaab was planning attacks in the country during the Holy month of Ramadhan.
“Some of the evil designs the Al Shabaab is using include; sowing discord among peace-loving Kenyans especially in the North Eastern region in furtherance of its evil agenda of alienating the region and seeking to interrupt government development programs in the region by giving false promises to the residents that by driving out non-Muslims, the region will prosper,” he cautioned.
Boinnet said the militia was targeting various government and learning institutions, markets, shopping malls, religious institutions security officers and journalists who report negatively about the militia.
In a statement, Boinnet said a huge assortment of weapon was recovered which include more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition, 49 AK-47 rifle magazines, 13 AK-47 rifles, eight grenades and two Al Shabaab flags.
“We want to appeal to area residents to be on the lookout and report anyone seeking medical attention or any suspicious characters who may seek to hide amongst them,” he said.
“Terrorist and criminals will succeed if we allow them to manipulate and take advantage of us.”
He has urged all Kenyans to remain watchful as the threat of terror remains imminent while assuring that all security measures have been put in place to fight the menace.
Boinnet also cautioned on Kenyans to be aware of the Al Shabaab propaganda means meant to of create fear and apprehension in the country.
The militants have consistently launched terror attacks in the country with the recent on being on April 2 at the Garissa University College where 148 people were killed, mostly students.
Al Shabaab has attributed their attacks to continued presence of KDF now under AMISOM in Somalia where they have largely destabilized the operation.
They worst moment was when the Kenya Defence Forces managed to capture Kismayu port town, the operating ground.