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Kenyan military to launch bombing offensive on Al-shabaab in Boni forest

Storyline:National News
Soldiers from the Kenya Defence Forces arrive at the Westgate Shopping Centre in the capital Nairobi in 2013. File Photo: SOFREP

The Kenyan military has announced it will bomb Boni forest in Kenya’s coastal county of Lamu to annihilate Al-Shabaab militants who have launched several attacks on civilians.

The military said it had issued a 48 hours ultimatum to residents in Boni to vacate the area as the military prepare an offensive it termed as ‘too hot for anyone to stay inside.’

The head of the Operation Linda Boni which is a multi-agency anti-terror team Joseph Kanyiri was quoted Sunday by local media noting the military was on high gear to flush out Al-Shabaab from the forest.

“”I call on locals who are still living inside or near the Boni Forest to vacate. “The bombing of Al-Shabaab hideouts in the forest will begin anytime soon or I can say it’s almost now,” Kanyiri told Nation.

The move comes two days after Al-Shabaab beheaded three  people in Maleli village in Lamu.