from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYAN soldiers have arrested an unspecified number of terrorists during bombing operations at a forest that is the stronghold of the al-Shabaab insurgents.
The operations on the Boni Forest in Lamu, east of the country resumed last Friday.
The vast forest is feared to be hideout of the Jaysh Al-Ayman, an elite group of the terror group that has been carrying out attacks in Kenya in revenge of the East African forces’ presence in Somalia, where the army is maintaining peace.
Operation Linda Boni director, Joseph Kanyiri, said several suspects had been arrested and would soon be arraigned in court.
He commanded civilians living in the forest and cattle herders vacate the area.
“Those who will ignore the warnings would be treated as terrorists.”
Kanyiri warned civilians against selling out to the insurgents.
“If you in any way give Al-Shabaab food and information, we will treat you as one of them.”
The army’s raid of the Boni Forest comes in the wake of intensifying insurgency by the Islamic militant al-Shabaab.
Insurgents have displaced 1 000 people in the surrounding areas since July.
They have sought refuge at makeshift camps and churches.
– CAJ News