LAMU, Kenya (Xinhua)
-- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
vowed Monday to flush out Al-Shabaab militants who have been
killing villagers in the restive Lamu County, saying terrorists
will be met with deadly force.
Speaking barely a week
after the insurgents killed five people in an attack that left a
senior government official injured, Kenyatta pledged to meet
fire with fire in the war against terrorists.
"Our citizens are losing their lives.
"Our security forces are losing their lives. My Principal
Secretary was wounded here a few days ago," said Kenyatta who is
on a political campaign tour of the Lamu region.
"We have to deal with these terror mongers.
"I have no apologies to make in taking the tough measures we
are taking," he added, while promising to continue with the
government’s heavy investment in infrastructure to spur
The Islamist militants have been attacking the local police
posts and set it ablaze schools and dispensaries, killing the
villagers at will.
The Al-Shabaab militants have changed tactics and resorted to
using IEDs to carry out attacks in parts of Coast and northeast
regions, according to police.
More than 30 police officers and over 20 civilians have been
killed in terror attacks in the past one month in northeastern
In the Lamu towns of Kizingitini and Mpeketoni, and in Garsen
in Tana River County, Kenyatta said that security forces had
intensified their hunt for terrorists in Boni forest, and he had
given directives for them to be pursued wherever they were, and
"we shall bury them."
He noted that no one had the right to take away the life of
any other person, and that was why he had decided that "fire
must be met with fire."
The police say the IED strategically planted along the roads
near Kenya Somalia border are slowing down security operations
to flush out militants hiding in the vast Boni forest which is
near the Somali border, according to commanders involved in the
The areas affected include Bondhei, Pandanguo, Kiunga,
Baragoi and Milimani which has claimed several lives in the