Residents flee Boni Forest as anti-Al Shabaab operation begins
SEE ALSO :Hunt for injured militia widensTerrorists have been active in these areas since May 12 when they first destroyed a military vehicle at Korahindi, Ijara coming from Garissa. And yesterday Ijara OCPD Christopher Rotich confirmed that the Kenya Defence Forces, General Service Unit and regular police have already arrived in the area. He asked the residents, whose economy depended on the forests, to leave and those who possessed illegal arms to surrender them before they are forcefully taken away. Intelligence sources say about 300 militants, including foreign fighters and recruits from Mombasa, Kilifi and other parts of Kenya, belong to Jaysh Ayman, a cell within Al Shabaab, and live in Boni forest. They are believed to be armed with rifles but also have some rocket propelled grenades and machine guns. Meanwhile, local leaders in Lamu yesterday welcomed the anti-Al Shabaab operation but urged the forces to exercise restraint. Democratic Party Acting Chairman Rishad Amana said that the move by the Government to declare Boni Forest a dangerous zone yet it is inhabited by the Boni could be counter productive.
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