LAMU (Xinhua) -- Kenyan
authorities on Wednesday appointed a new head of security operation aimed at
flushing out Al-Shabaab militia from Boni Forest in the coastal Lamu County.
James Ole Serian
was moved to Nairobi for redeployment while Lamu County Commissioner James
Kanyiri was ordered to take over the operation immediately. It is not clear what
prompted the changes.
was launched in 2015 to stop Al-Shabaab attacks that had been on the rise
people had been uprooted from their homes while businesses, public transport and
farming ground to a halt. The deadliest attack happened in Mpeketoni and
Pandaguo in 2014 where more than 90 people were killed.
is being carried out by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), the National Police
Service, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and other State security
night, gunshots were heard in the area when the militants attempted to attack a
police camp hours after President Kenyatta had ordered their killing.
The about 30
militants were seen loitering near Mukowe General Service Unit camp Monday night
with plans to attack them prompting a sentry officer to open fire.
the militants retreated into Boni Forest after they realized the paramilitary
police personnel there had been alerted and were waiting for a fight. Up to 18
people have been killed in the area for the last two weeks.