Lamu: Gov’t deploys special force to curb attacks

By Anthony Kaikai

The armed forces are combing Boni forest where heavily armed assailants are believed to be hiding (File)

The government has deployed an elite special force to Boni Forest to flush out heavily armed militias believed to be behind a series of attacks in Lamu county that have so far claimed more than  80 lives.

The deployment comes in the wake of the latest attack against Panda Nguo village where houses, a hospital and a school were set ablaze.

The armed forces are combing the dense Boni forest where heavily armed assailants are believed to be hiding.

The deployment comes only hours after the attack against Panda Nguo village where heavily armed gunmen terrorized residents for several hours before setting houses ablaze, a school as well as vandalizing a local dispensary where they made away with medical supplies.

Residents claimed the attackers threatened to come back prompting a mass exodus in the volatile region that has already seen hundreds displaced.

On Friday, security officers carried out intense air surveillance to reinforce officers who were on the ground.

The attacks which initially begun in Mpeketoni, spread to Witu, Kibaoni , Mukoe and the latest being  Panda Nguo village.