A massive crackdown on more Al-Shabaab militants in Boni Forest and its environs has been intensified following the killing of five terrorists on Monday.
Other terrorists escaped with injuries, security agents said.
The Kenya Defence Forces at Bodhei, on the border of Lamu and Garissa Counties, recovered six AK-47 assault rifles, 321 bullets, three grenades and explosives after the military operation on Monday.
Speaking to the Nation in Lamu early Tuesday morning, Operation Linda Boni Director Joseph Kanyiri said they would not relent in the war on Al-Shabaab in Boni Forest.
Mr Kanyiri said Bodhei and surrounding areas were under heavy security presence and soldiers launched a manhunt for the terrorists who escaped.
He urged residents to volunteer information on the militants so they can eliminate them.
“We have upped our game. We have been and we will continue taking the terrorists out in big numbers. They are in flight mode. Our gallant soldiers have the resolve to defend every inch of Kenyan soil. As we speak, the militants are on the run but Bodhei area and the general Boni Forest is saturated with our soldiers. It’s hot for the enemy to want to stay for an extra fraction of a second,” said Mr Kanyiri.
The operation director said the crackdown will continue until all criminals are neutralised.