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Elungata Links Welders to Al-Shabaab

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Coast Regional Commissioner, John Elungata has linked welders operating in five towns that border the terror-prone Boni forest in Lamu toAl-Shabaab.

Speaking during a tour to Witu in Lamu over the weekend, Mr Elungata said welders in Mokowe, Hindi, Mpeketoni, Kibaoni, and Witu were secretly cooperating with Al-Shabaab in terrorizing locals in the region.

Mr Elungata further directed chiefs in all the mentioned towns to urgently conduct thorough investigations of all persons working in the welding sector, adding that there is a high possibility such individuals are cooperating with Al-Shabaab by making and supplying the criminals with gadgets such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that aid the criminals’ mode of Operandi in Boni Forest.

Citing the lack of electricity connection in Boni forest, Mr Elungata questioned why the terrorists in the area have kept on conducting attacks either to security agencies or locals using IEDs which are only made using electricity and other equipment that are only available in towns.

The Regional Commissioner insisted that he is suspicious some welders in the mentioned Lamu towns have secretly been awarded tenders by the terrorists to weld or fix IEDs before sneaking them into Boni forest.

“Security agencies are not angels to discover people engaging in activities that jeopardize the security status of this place. We’re aware some people in places like Mokowe coordinate with criminals in Boni forest by helping them to manufacture the IEDs and other equipment before supplying them to the forest,” said Mr Elungata.

He added, “From today, I direct chiefs to investigate all the welders. Those found to be in the business of supplying gadgets to criminals in the forest should be identified to enable us to deal with them so that citizens here can enjoy the peace and freedom they have yearned for. I am sure the IEDs used to orchestrate terrorist attacks are not made in Boni forest but rather in these towns bordering the forest.”

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