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Government to make public a list of most wanted terrorists

Government of Kenya to publish names of 17 terrorists staging attacks in Lamu along Kenya-Somalia border.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki on Sunday revealed that the government planned to release the identities of 17 terror suspects who are suspected of staging attacks in Lamu County throughout the course of the year.

While addressing congregants at a church service in Ndenderu, Kiambu county, the CS said the government, would in the week beginning Monday, October 9, expose the gangs hiding in Boni Forest.

To that aim, Kindiki said that after the government publishes the list, any suspects whose names will appear in the gazette notice should report to the closest police station, KDF camp, or chief’s office.

According to Kindiki, any terror suspect who fails to surrender will face the full wrath of the government.

“In regards to the lawlessness going on in Lamu county, the government will use all resources to curb it, this week I will go to Lamu, and I will stay there and not just stay, it is to end the problem,” Kindiki stated.

According to Kindiki, the terrorists have exploited religious extremism and historical injustices to plan and execute terror attacks.

“Criminals who have been initiating killings, some are foreigners from Somalia while others are Kenyans who have sacrificed to betray the country for unknown reasons.”

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During the event, Kindiki placed a bounty on the suspected terrorist’s heads, announcing a special reward to anyone who will share with authorities, information that will lead to the arrest of gang members.

“We urge the public who have information that can help us trace between 16 to 17 criminals who have been initiating killings,” the CS noted.

Kindiki’s new move comes barely a fortnight after the CS gave a shoot-to-kill order to police officers battling armed terrorists in the troubled Lamu and Baringo Counties. 

“The Government will not profile or criminalize any community. Security officers must work with law-abiding citizens to identify the few criminal elements who terrorize innocent residents, impoverish them economically, and taint the image of an entire community,” the CS said at the time.

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