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KDF destroy five key Al Shabaab hideouts in Boni forest

07 November 2015, 13:26 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The elite squad of multi agency unit from the KDF have confirmed that they have destroyed five key Al Shabaab hideouts in Boni forest in the ongoing Linda Boni operation.

The operation director James Ole Serian has confirmed that the Kenya troop have recovered sophisticated weapons, drugs and other equipment suspected to be used  with the Al Shabaab in the forest.

He also confirmed that the KDF soldiers had arrested some people suspected to be Al Shabaab militia and are now being held by police to help with the investigations.

Speaking at Baraza from the Boni Community, Ole Serian said the troops had set up camps in all the areas suspected to be in the hands of the Al Shabaab.

“We have some of the suspects in police custody whom we will be arraigned in court soon after the police conclude their investigations.” Said Ole Serian.

Read Also: Police detain 6 minors arrested on suspicion of being Al Shabaab

He revealed that the operation could even spill over beyond the two month period that it was expected to last as they intend to attain stability and peaceful co-existence in the region which he said had been facing attacks.

He noted that the troops had already gained ground in the forest and set up nine new camps in Panda Nguo, Witu, Mararani, Bodhei, Managai.

“We are also going to construct permanent stations to manage the areas from attacks,” he said.

He also said the Dodori national national reserve will soon be operational to guarantee security at the Kenyan-Somali border.

Ole Serian said plans are underway to gazette the Boni forest to avoid land grabbing in the area as large trucks of land are under threat.

USAID director office of democracy governance and conflict, John Smith said that it is difficult to have development without peace and at the same time it is hard to have peace without development as the two go hand in hand.

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