Kenyan vows to ‘bury’ al-Shabab raiders

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

NAIROBI — Kenya vowed tough se­cu­rity mea­sures af­ter sus­pected al-Qaida-linked mil­i­tants stepped up at­tacks around the East African na­tion’s coast and north­east.

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta said se­cu­rity forces had in­ten­si­fied their hunt for al-Shabab mil­i­tants in Lamu’s Boni for­est, ac­cord­ing to an emailed state­ment from his of­fice.

“Fire must be met with fire,” Keny­atta said. “We shall bury them.”

The mil­i­tants have car­ried out more raids in Lamu, Garissa and Tana River coun­ties in the past weeks. Maryam El Maawy of the Min­istry of Pub­lic Works was wounded Thurs­day in the lat­est at­tack.

The gov­ern­ment im­posed a dusk-to-dawn cur­few in the three re­gions this month af­ter sus­pected mil­i­tants be­headed nine peo­ple. Al-Shabab, which is try­ing to im­pose its ver­sion of Is­lamic law in So­ma­lia, has killed hun­dreds of civil­ians in Kenya, in­clud­ing at least 67 peo­ple in a 2013 at­tack on a shop­ping mall in the cap­i­tal.

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