-- Kenya’s security forces on Monday
destroyed six Al-Shabaab training camps in an ongoing
operation to flush out militants from the vast Boni
forest in the coastal town of Lamu.
Director of Operation Linda Boni
Joseph Kanyiri said weapons including AK-47 rifles,
bomb-making materials, food and medicine were recovered
during the operation in the forest that lies along the
border with Somalia.
“We have destroyed six Al-Shabaab
camps inside Boni Forest. The temporary camps were
used as hideouts for the terrorists to conduct
attacks in various parts of Lamu,” said Kanyiri.
He said “many” Al-Shabaab militants
were killed and others injured during the operation.
“We have killed many Al-Shabaab
terrorists and many others fled with gunshot wounds.
We are in hot pursuit,” he Kanyiri.
Kanyiri urged Al-Shabaab returnees who
have secretly slipped back into Kenya to voluntarily
avail themselves for rehabilitation so they are not
treated as suspects.
A good number of Al-Shabaab militants
have been killed by Kenyan security forces since the
start of Operation Linda Boni in 2015.
Most of the militants who had
infiltrated the forest have abandoned the camps and fled
to Somalia, according to military and police sources.
Militants of the 300-man Jeysh Ayman,
an Al-Shabaab cell, used the vast Boni forest as an
operational base for recruiting and waging terror
attacks in the Coast region.
A number of people, including security
officers, have been killed in attacks by militants who
often use improvised explosive devices (IEDs).