Operation Linda Boni to continue – director
He says hundreds of suspects arrested and a large number of militants killed
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.
ADDITIONAL 1,500 SOLDIERS AND POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED