Kenya launches airstrikes in forest

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By Lorlornyofm July 11, 2017 06:27

Kenya launches airstrikes in forest

Kenya’s military says it has launched airstrikes in the Boni Forest, along the border with Somalia border, to flush out al-Shabab militants.

At least nine people were beheaded last week by the militant Islamists in a village near the forest.

The government has reinstated a dusk-to-dawn curfew in parts of coastal and north-eastern Kenya in an attempt to curb attacks.

Locals living in and around the forest forest were being evacuated to safe areas ahead of the aerial bombardment.

For more than two years, Kenya’s armed forces have unsuccessfully tried to rid the forest of militants.

Regional Commissioner Nelson Marwa warned that extreme would now be used to flush out the militans from their forest hideouts.

Last week’s killings brought back memories of 2014 when al-Shabab militants killed at least 60 people around the town of Mpeketoni in two nights of terror.

Since then, the al-Qaeda-linked militants have also raided police stations and laid landmines before retreating to safety in the vast forest, which stretches from Lamu in coastal Kenya into Somalia.

Kenya police observe the remains of burnt-out cars at a police station in Mpeketoni, Lamu county on June 16, 2014 after some 50 heavily-armed gunmen attacked the town near the coastal island and popular tourist resort of lamu the night before.

Source: bbc.com

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