NAIROBI, The government has started evacuating local residents from the Boni Forest, a national conservation reserve as it launches airstrikes and intensifies security operations in the area to reclaim the forest from the Al-Shabaab militants from neighbouring Somalia.
Some 20 families residing in Jima Village in the 1,339-square-kilometre forest reserve in Garissa County, which shares a common border with southwestern Somalia, have been evacuated to safe zones even as the government continues mapping additional safe areas for more families to relocate within the vicinity.
Leading the operation, Coast Region co-ordinator Nelson Marwa affirmed the government’s resolve to reclaim the forest from the Al-Shabaab, who are reported to have launched terrorist activities, including launching an attack which left seven people dead and one nursing serious injuries.
The police presence across the Boni Forest has intensified a day after the government declared a dusk to dawn curfew across 16 areas of the counties of Lamu, Garissa and Tana River as the government moves in swiftly to evacuate locals to safe zones.
Lamu County Red Cross regional co-ordinator Gerald Bombi confirmed that 20 families from Jima Village have already been moved to safe zones as the government declared war against Al Shabaab Militants who are believed to be seeking shelter in the forest.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK