Police are offering a Sh2 million bounty for five al Shabaab suspects believed to be behind the attacks in Lamu.
Among them are two brothers, Salad Tari Gufu and Gufu Tari Gufu, who may have been involved in the recent abduction and shooting of Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy.
Police said the two left for Somalia in 2013 to fight for the terror group. Salad is said to have helped his younger brother Tari sneak back into Kenya to fight in Boni.
Salad also reportedly opened a studio in his Marsabit home, which sold VCDs and DVDs that promoted radicalisation.
The other three on the bounty list are Abdikadir Mohamed, Suleiman Irungu Mwangi and Mohamed Tajir. Police have described them as armed and dangerous.
Suleiman is said to have a number of aliases, including Habib, Maalim Zakariya and Jureij.
They are believed to have been dispatched from Somalia to counter an anti-terror operation declared by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his tour of Lamu county on Monday.
Lamu has experienced increased attacks by the Somali militant group over the last month.
On July 5, the militants engaged in a day-long battle with Kenyan security forces in Boni forest.
A day later, the terrorists abducted the Public Works PS and five others at Milihoi area on Lamu-Mpeketoni highway at about 3pm. They were driven into Boni Forest.
Uhuru condemned the attack saying the government will not tolerate them.
“If they kill our police and our people, we shall do exactly that. We will deal with them in the same manner. No one has the right to take lives apart from God. We will finish them. The only way to put out fire its by fire,” he said on Monday.
-The Star|CALVIN ONSARIGO