Six guns, 27 bullets found in Boni Forest

By: CALVIN ONSARIGO

Security officers yesterday “stumbled upon” six guns and 27 bullets allegedly hidden by al Shabaab militants in Boni Forest, Lamu county.

The weapons were recovered during the ongoing operation Linda Boni led by the Kenya Defence Forces.

“Kenya Wildlife Service rangers stumbled upon the guns in the operation to flush out the militants. We are investigating to find those who hid the guns and their motives,” director of operations James ole Serian said.

He said the guns were found in Pandaguo.

Serian said they are investigating if the guns were smuggled into the forest by al Shabaab to be used to carry out attacks.

They want to know if they were used during Mpeketoni attacks in which more than 100 people were killed last year.

The militants smuggle weapons in collusion with residents to avoid detection.

Pandanguo is among the areas where people were massacred in three days of incursions by al Shabaab militates in June last year. Speaking to the Star in Lamu town, Serian said the weapons were handed to forensic experts.