Kenyan Interior Cabinet Secretary, Kithure Kindiki, has taken a significant step in addressing terrorism-related concerns by publicizing a list of 35 individuals considered to be suspects in connection with terror activities. These suspects, whose identities and photographs have been disseminated across all major daily newspapers, are being actively sought by law enforcement agencies, including the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), for questioning regarding their alleged involvement in terror-related incidents in Lamu County.
According to the statement provided by Kindiki and security agencies, these 35 individuals are believed to be connected to the placement of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on various earth roads within the region. Consequently, a directive has been issued for them to surrender themselves at the nearest police station. Additionally, a monetary reward has been offered to individuals who can provide crucial information leading to the arrest of these suspects. While the exact sum remains undisclosed, it has been emphasized that the reward is substantial.
“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations is calling upon members of the public to willingly share any information that could facilitate the apprehension of thirty-five (35) individuals considered armed and dangerous, suspected to be part of the Al-Shabaab terror network. They are believed to be responsible for planning and executing acts of terrorism and violence in Lamu County, as well as the broader Boni Enclave,” stated the official notice.
For those who wish to provide information anonymously to the security agencies, there is an encouragement to do so. Information regarding the whereabouts or activities of these suspects can be shared confidentially through the anonymous #FichuakwaDCI Hotline at 0800 722 203, or the police hotline at 999. It is important to note that these suspects are considered armed and dangerous, and the public is advised to exercise caution when dealing with them.
The disclosure of these wanted suspects comes shortly after Kindiki’s announcement that he intended to make public the names of terror suspects and their financial backers. This decision has been attributed to thorough investigations into the series of attacks that have plagued Lamu County and parts of Northern Kenya, highlighting the government’s commitment to addressing the ongoing security challenges.
This move by the Kenyan government reflects a concerted effort to enhance public safety and security by actively engaging the citizenry in the fight against terrorism. By publishing the identities and images of these wanted suspects and offering a substantial reward for information leading to their capture, authorities are signaling their determination to address terror-related threats and promote community involvement in maintaining national security.