The government has released the names and photos of 35 terror suspects believed to be behind recent militant attacks in the coastal Lamu County.
The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has ordered the suspects to surrender to any Police Station in Kenya immediately.
Among the 35 suspects are Tanzanians, Somalis, a German, a British national, a Bangladeshi citizen and Kenyans.
The suspects are linked to the planting of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on various roads and the killing of civilians along the Lamu-Witu-Garsen highway.
They are also linked to the attack on the American military base at Manda Bay, in Lamu, in 2020.
The Ministry of Interior said the “armed and dangerous” suspects are part of the “al-Shabab terror network responsible for planning and orchestrating deadly attacks in Lamu county and the larger Boni Enclave”.
Authorities say a “substantial reward” will be offered to anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of any of the suspects.
“A substantial cash reward will be offered to any member of the public who provides credible information leading to the arrest of any of the suspects. Information on the whereabouts of any of the suspects may be channeled confidentially to the anonymous #FichuakwaDCI Hotline number 0800 722 203 or the police hotline number 999.” Said DCI in a statement.
Al-Shabab has stepped up attacks in Kenya’s north-eastern and coastal regions in recent months.
The al-Qaeda-linked militant group is facing a large-scale military offensive in Somalia that seeks to drive out the jihadists.
The @DCI_Kenya is appealing to members of the public to volunteer information that may lead to the arrest of thirty five (35) armed and dangerous terror suspects, who are part of the Alshabaab terror network and are responsible for planning and orchestrating the deadly terrorist… pic.twitter.com/MNhwHLysNZ
— Ministry of Interior | Kenya (@InteriorKE) October 18, 2023