Govt offers 20,000 USD bounty for terror suspect
26 September 2016, 10:09
Lamu - Kenyan authorities have placed a 20,000 U.S. dollar bounty for any information that leads to the arrest of a terror suspect wanted for planning attack in the coastal town of Lamu.
The ministry of interior said on Saturday Ramadhan Kioko is believed to have the terror attack in Lamu where at least five Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers were injured after their vehicle were hit by Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on July 26.
"Ramadhan Kioko is wanted in connection with the attack and anybody with information should share through 999 or 112," the interior ministry said, describing the wanted man as "armed and dangerous."
The ministry has also circulated pictures of the terror suspect they believe planted IED on which military tanker ran over around Ishakani area in Kiunga in Lamu East, wounding five while others escaped unhurt.
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The soldiers were part of a multi-agency team constructing a perimeter wall along Kenya-Somalia border in Lamu aimed at curbing threats posed by Al-Shabaab militants.
The East African nation is building the security wall along its border with Somalia in a bid to keep out Al-Shabaab and boost security after a wave of attacks that have claimed scores of lives and provoked severe criticism of the government's response.
The move comes after the ministry offered a 20,000 U.S. dollar reward to any person with information that can lead to the arrest of terrorist Abdullahi Abdi Sheikh, accused of plotting a series of terror attacks including the botched assault on Baure KDF camp in Lamu.
He is also believed to be a terrorist operative affiliated to Jaysh Ayman cell - linked to attacks at Boni forest, Lamu County.
The authorities have also circulated Abdi's photos and appealed to the public to volunteer information that could lead to his arrest.
Kenya is currently engaged in the fight against the militia group in southern Somalia where its soldiers under the African Union peacekeeping mission have intensified fight against the insurgents.