(Xinhua) -- Kenyan authorities
have set up extra security camps in marked areas
believed to be al-Shabab hotspots in coastal Kenya’s
Lamu county to flush out terrorists in the tourism
Lamu County Police Commander
Muchangi Kioi said Wednesday the exercise has focused
much on the Lamu-Garsen main road which the militants
have been using to stage attacks on public serve
Kioi said the move is meant to weed out the militant
attacks that have previously occurred on the road.
"We have identified and marked all hotspots for
terrorists on the roads here.
"We have also gone ahead to establish police camps in
the identified areas.
"I can assure you that enough security barricades
have been set up in all the terror hotspot areas.
Travelers and pedestrians should rest assured that their
security is guaranteed.
"The hotspots are well managed," Kioi told Xinhua in
The increased security follows a recent string of
attacks where al-Shabab militants would waylay and
launch attacks on security and transport buses on Lamu’s
major road, Lamu-Garsen, that left hordes of security
officers and civilians dead in the past three years.
Kioi said a considerable number of troops and
security officers have also been deployed to reinforce
patrols in the region in order to avert any further
attacks from the militants.
Kioi has however assured all road travelers in the
region of adequate security.
Drivers and other motorists using the road have been
asked to stick to police secured convoys for their own
Owing to the threat of terror attacks on the road,
travelers are required to travel in convoys under police
The East African nation has warned that attacks as
threatened by the Somalia-based terrorist group could
affect the country’s risk profile limiting the number of
new investments being made especially by foreign