Security has been beefed up along Kenya’s Lamu-Somalia border following Saturday’s terror attack that led to the killing of one person and injuring another at Ishakani area in Lamu East.
The two and other unspecified number of persons were ferrying a patient from Somalia to a Lamu hospital before their unregistered Mitsubishi Vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED just two kilometers from Ishakani.
Linda Boni Operation Director Mr James ole Serian confirmed to the Coast Newspaper that enough security officers have been deployed in all areas along the Kenya’s Lamu Somalia border.
He added that the entire region was now under increased police and military security and patrols.
“We have deployed enough officers in all areas of Ishakani, Ras Kiamboni and the entire Kiunga Division to pursue the attackers. The situation has been managed on the ground. We have increased security patrols more especially along vulnerable zones on the border lines. People should not be worried,” said Mr Serian.
Mr Ole Serian however, dismissed media reports that the Saturday attack involved a police vehicle and instead confirmed that the vehicle which was attacked is from Somalia.
“We have not arrested any terrorist, neither have we recovered any riffle from the yesterday attack. The vehicle which was attacked doesn’t belong to our police and is from Somalia. What I can assure you is that we are doing our best to ensure the region is secured,” added Mr Serian.
He called on members of the public to volunteer information to the security agencies conducting the Operation Linda Boni in order to enable for any criminal elements be promptly dealt with.
The Operations Director further said the ongoing Operation Linda Boni has proved successful since all the previous hotspots previously used by the Al-Shabaab terrorists to attack Lamu has so far been effectively sealed off by the security agencies.
The Operation Linda Boni was launched on September 11 last year by Interior Cabinet Secretary Major General (Retired) Joseph Nkaissery with major aim being to flush out Al-Shabaab militants believed to be hiding inside the expansive Boni forest.
“The recent IED attack took place in a very new location that has never before been attacked and that means the Al-Shabaab militants are now being forced to change their modus operandi. Our officers are alert and we will ensure all possible routes are sealed off completely,” he said.
The Saturday incident comes just days after Deputy President William Ruto toured the region on Monday and Tuesday and announced that the government had so far deployed more than 40 police vehicles and more than 10 armored personnel carrier vehicles (APCs) to boost the security and especially the ongoing Linda Boni Security Operation in the county this year.
Mr Ruto added that at least 1,500 military and police personnel have also been deployed in various parts of Lamu County to ensure citizens and property is protected.Story by Neema Nakeesha