Op­er­a­tion Linda Boni to con­tinue – di­rec­tor

He says hun­dreds of sus­pects ar­rested and a large num­ber of mil­i­tants killed

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - LAMU SAFER CHETI PRAXIDES @TheS­tarKenya

Ter­ror at­tacks in Lamu county have greatly re­duced as the Op­er­a­tion Linda Boni con­tin­ues. Op­er­a­tion di­rec­tor James Se­rian said the calm in the county and other parts of the Coast is be­cause of the ef­forts se­cu­rity agen­cies have made.

Se­rian said the govern­ment is keen on en­sur­ing all al Shabaab el­e­ments said to be hid­ing deep within the for­est are elim­i­nated. He said the op­er­a­tion will con­tinue for an un­spec­i­fied pe­riod of time.

“At­tacks have re­ally come down. There is more peace and sta­bil­ity in Lamu now. We are in to­tal con­trol of all the op­er­a­tion zones and we plan to do more to in­ten­sify it,” Se­rian said.

He said hun­dreds of sus­pects have been ar­rested and handed over to author­i­ties. Se­rian said sev­eral cases are in Lamu and Tana River courts. Se­rian said the forces have “neu­tralised a large num­ber of mil­i­tants”. He urged the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant and re­port any sus­pi­cious peo­ple.

Se­rian praised the pub­lic for co­op­er­at­ing with se­cu­rity forces by giv­ing in­for­ma­tion that has aided the war on ter­ror. “We will con­tinue do­ing our work to en­sure Lamu re­mains safe for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors,” he said.

Dur­ing his re­cent tour of Lamu, Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto said the govern­ment has de­ployed an ex­tra 1,500 Kenya De­fence Forces sol­diers and po­lice of­fi­cers to re­in­force the op­er­a­tion and im­prove se­cu­rity in the county. An ad­di­tional 40 ar­moured per­son­nel car­ri­ers and more than 10 tankers have also been de­ployed.


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