KDF discover key al Shabaab hideouts inside Boni Forest

Authorities suspect militants of the terror group used the hideouts to launch attacks in the area

Al Shabaab militants. /COURTESY

Officers conducting the ongoing multi-agency security Operation Linda Boni in Lamu county have discovered and flattened three key al Shabaab hideouts at Lango la Simba in Witu Division of Lamu West.

According to Linda Boni Operation Director Joseph Kanyiri who was speaking during a security meeting at Mahrus Hotel in Lamu Island on Sunday, September 10, the hideouts were discovered and destroyed by Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers and National Police Service officers who are manning the area.

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An aerial view of Boni Forest in Lamu County where Al-Shabaab militants have been hiding. Security forces conducting the Linda Boni operation have discovered and destroyed three hideouts belonging to the militants. FILE PHOTO: KEVIN ODIT/ NATION MEDIA GROUP

He added that the hideouts were being used by the militants as a base to launch attacks in the area especially on vehicles plying the Lamu-Gamba-Garsen road.

It is the same place the militants ambush or plant IEDs on the roads and kill passengers and motorists.

Last month, three Tana River County officials died after their vehicle was torched by suspected al Shabaab militants in the same area that is also home to the Nyongoro and Gamba.

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The same day five passengers aboard a Raha bus from Malindi to Kipini were injured when the bus was sprayed with bullets by suspected militants.

Just recently, two people died in back to back attacks in the area after a Toyota Probox car and a lorry were sprayed with bullets by the militants.

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Kanyiri now says he is confident that the identification and destruction of the three hideouts this week will help bring the much-needed peace and stability in the area.