Air support deployed in hunt for Lamu attackers

By Antony Kaikai

Military and police choppers have been deployed to provide air support in the dense Boni forest in Lamu County where militias behind a series of attacks in the region are believed to be hiding.

Sporadic gunfire has been heard as an elite security force leads the operation to eliminate the elements behind the attacks that have so far claimed at least 80 lives.

Security personnel are intensifying their operations against the well organized criminals who have terrorized the region for the past one month.

The latest to face the wrath of the heavily armed militias is Jima Village, where the attackers held residents hostage, demanding to know the location of the Kenya security forces who were deployed in the region.

They later descended on a three acre maize plantation and harvested it before fleeing with their loot into the nearby forest.

Residents are now living in fear with many seeking refuge for fear of fresh attacks.

Meanwhile Tana River County Governor, Hussein Dado, has called on the National government to address poverty, negative ethnicity and historical injustices especially in relation to land in order to curb insecurity in various parts of the country.

Dado further wants the Jubilee administration and the CORD coalition to dialogue on issues affecting Kenyans instead of politicizing them.

Speaking after participating in the KBC radio breakfast show Monday morning, the Governor who is also in charge of the Committee on security in the council of Governors, urged the national government to appreciate that County Governments are closer to the people and involve them in efforts aimed at getting solutions to the runaway insecurity in the country.

Dado noted that Tana River county is opposed to attempts by the national government to lease arable land in Tana Delta following the failure by the Tana and Athi River Development Authority (TARDA) to utilize it for the benefit of the local community for the last fifteen years.