Government to bomb specific areas of Boni forest

Written By: Emily Kay

The Government now plans to bomb specific areas of Boni forest to flush out Al Shabaab militias seeking refuge in the forest.

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The Director of Boni enclave campaign Joseph Kanyiri says they will not bomb the entire forest saying such an act would be detrimental to the biosphere.

The decision coming at a time the government has adopted a collaborative approach in addressing terrorism.

Boni forest remains a headache for security agencies as al shabaab militia continue to patrol the forests and plan attacks in the Country.

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Last month the militia attacked a convey carrying former Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El Maawy and she would later succumb to injuries sustained during the attack while undergoing treatment in South Africa.

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The government now says the decision to bomb specific areas of the forest will help flush out the militias from their hide outs.

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The Boni Enclave campaign stakeholders drawn from Tana River, Lamu and Garrisa Counties unanimously agreeing that there is need to intensify peace initiatives in the region through inter county citizens and government collaboration partnerships.

Mohamed Hussein Haji, from Lamu County said there is need to inculcating patriotic values among communities in the Boni enclave to make it easier for them to volunteer information that security agencies need in their pursuit for militants.

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The Operation Linda Boni which started two years ago and was to last for three months is about to end to pave way for initiatives that will involve stakeholders in the fight against the Al Shabaab militia group.

 

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