Agencies ‘ignored intelligence reports’ Shabaab were in Boni Forest

An aerial view of Boni Forest. Al-Shabaab militants are said to have set up a training and operation base in the dense forest. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

What you need to know:

  • A discussion with a senior detective showed that they had knowledge of Al-Shabaab presence in Boni as early as 2012.
  • NIS sources intimated that Al-Shabaab moved into the forest to avenge the deployment of Kenyan soldiers in Somalia to fight them.
  • Jaysh Ayman, largely comprising Kenyans and other foreign Jihadists, was deployed in Boni to target KDF and police officers along the Hindi-Kiunga road, which is key to Kenya’s military operations in Somalia.

Failure by the military and police to act on intelligence reports five years ago that Al-Shabaab was setting up base in the expansive Boni Forest is to blame for the tens of deaths arising from their frequent attacks.

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