Government orders Kenyans to vacate Boni Forest
04 September 2015, 15:48
Nairobi - Kenyans have been ordered to leave Boni Forest in Lamu after it was declared unsafe by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett.
Boni has for over a year been declared a Shabaab hiding point and the government has in the past urged Kenyans to be wary of the area.
Boinett though, now says that the government is looking to comb the forest and has called on residents to leave and allow security forces deal with the Shabaab threat.
" Boni Forest in Lamu a dangerous area due to the Al Shabaab threat. Residents should surrender arms and vacate the forest immediately," he said in a statement.
It is estimated that close to 100 Shabaab militants are in Boni Forest.
Boinett says that the next point of action is fishing them out of the forest.
" Attention will turn to ensuring that the Shabaab threat within Boni is neutralized," he added.
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