President Kenyatta has said Kenya will use “deadly force” against suspected Islamist militants, during his re-election campaign in one of the regions that has experienced the majority of recent militant violence.
Speaking at the campaign rally in Lamu, the Presiden’s press service reported he said: “We shall bury them. Fire must be met with fire.
“Our citizens are losing their lives. Our security forces are losing their lives. My principal secretary was wounded here a few days ago … I have no apologies to make in taking the tough measures we are taking,” he added.
Last Thursday, a senior government official was among six people taken hostage by suspected members of Somalia’s Islamist terror group al Shabaab. In the subsequent rescue operation by Kenyan forces, two people died.
Kenya’s military have conducted air strikes on Lamu’s Boni forest after a string of attacks blamed on al Shabaab militants in the area.
The Islamists are trying to topple Somalia’s Western-backed government and establish its own rule, based on the group’s strict interpretation of sharia law. Its attacks on Kenya are an attempt to force the country to withdraw its troops from Somalia.