Kenyan herdsmen conniving with terror sect

Wild African giraffes run in terror in the Boni National Reserve in Garrisa County, Kenya

From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYA’S Defence Forces have ordered cattle herders off vast forests northeast of the country on suspicion of aiding the al-Shabaab terror group.
The nomadic herdsmen have previously been ordered to vacate the Boni Forest in the Garissa County within 48 hours but some have resisted.
Operation Linda Boni director, Joseph Kanyiri, said their vacation will pave way for operations to flush the terrorists out of their stronghold.
“The herders must give security latitude to operate and deal with al-Shabaab,” Kanyiri ordered.
“Some of these herders are probably part of the terror gang. They operate in the forest but claim to have never seen any terror camps.”
Kanyiri also warned residents against supporting the Islamist terror group.
“They must stop helping these terrorists with food or any other support,” he said.
County Commissioner, Gilbert Kitiyo, said some of the herders were from neighbouring countries.
They have been capitalising on Kenya’s porous borders to access grazing lands.
“The order to vacate still stands and the foreign herders should return to their counties,” Kitiyo said.
The Somali-based al-Shabaab group have in recent years perpetrated acts of terror in neighbouring Kenya.
It is protesting the presence of Kenya forces in Somalia, where the forces are part of a mission to rid the country of insurgency.
CAJ News

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