Augost (21 2017) The Kenya Defence Forces on Sunday resumed bombing Boni Forest in Lamu, the hideout of Al-Shabaab gangs who have been terrorising residents recently.
The forest has been home to one of Al-Shabaab’s elite groups, Jaysh Al-Ayman, who have been operating from there since 2012/13 in retaliation to the deployment of Kenyan soldiers to Somalia.
Residents living near the forest and who spoke to the Nation reported hearing loud blasts from inside the dense forest.
Sounds of explosions and military planes were heard as far away as Tana River county’s Garsen town and its environs.
The military had started dropping bombs into the dense forest early last month, but stopped to allow for the elections.
Mr Jamal Hajj said he heard sounds of explosions moments after planes passed near Nyongoro trading centre.
Tana Delta OCPD Mohammed Riziki Ali confirmed hearing the blasts, saying: “We have also heard huge blasts in Nyongoro. We don’t know what is happening but we have sent a team to establish and update us.”
Linda Boni Operation director Joseph Kanyiri repeated his Friday warning to residents living near the forest to move away in the next 48 hours, saying the government will proceed with plans to bombard Al-Shabaab hideouts.
He declined to confirm if the bombing has started, only saying that the government was serious about flushing out the terrorists from the forest.