Interior Cabinet Secretary KIthure Kindiki on Tuesday called upon Kenyans to share information and leads that will lead to the capture of 35 most wanted terror suspects believed to be behind the recent attacks in Lamu and Boni Forest along the Coastal belt.
In a statement, the CS disclosed the 35 are suspected of planting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on various earth roads along the Coast which has claimed the lives of several Kenyans.
The suspects are also accused of masterminding the attack on the American Military Base at Manda Bay which occurred on January 5, 2020.
CS Kindiki also published the suspects’ names, which the CS said, would help the public identify the suspects which would subsequently help the government nab the culprits.
Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki addresses a press briefing at Kainuk, Turkana County on March 12, 2023.
The CS also disclosed that the government is placing a bounty on the suspects’ heads with anyone offering tangible leads set to be awarded prize money.
“A substantial cash reward is on offer to any person who provides credible information leading to the arrest of any of the suspects,” he stated.
At the same time, Kindiki ordered the suspects to surrender to the nearest police station immediately.
Kindiki further pointed out that while arresting and neutralising the terrorists is the objective, the Ministry has put in place other measures to beef up security in the most affected areas including Lamu County.
The CS reiterated that the government has declared war on terrorists linked to Al Shabaab responsible for the death of innocent civilians.
Kindiki’s latest announcement at a time when terror attacks in the country have been increasing especially on the Kenyan Coast.
A special report by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), a security data analysis firm headquartered in Wisconsin in the United States published on September 1, blamed President William Ruto’s decision to shake up the country’s top security leadership at the same time for the attacks.
The report also highlighted inadequate security cooperation between the Kenyan and Somali governments and the ongoing reduction of African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) troops, which began in June, as factors contributing to the increased attacks.
Officers drawn from Anti Terror Elite squad hold vigil outside the DCI Headquarters along Kiambu Road on March 7, 2023.