On Monday 9th April 2018 at 1700hrs, a Multi – agency operation raided and dismantled an Al Shabaab camp in Kotile, Ijara district. The troops recovered 2 loaded pistol magazines, combat knives, assorted medicines and syringes, ICOM hand held radio Black polythene Tarpaulin, among other house hold items.
The raid came after a tip off from the villagers who approached the security agents, in the recent past, the communities within Boni and the surrounding have increased their support for the troops operating in the area.
Of interesting in the find is the large quantities of drug at the camp coming after confessions from returnees that Al Shabaab militants are extremely abusing drugs and alcohol as well as sexually abusing women within their camps and from communities adjacent to their camps. In September 2017, KDF troops found a load of phonograph DVDs, alcohol and drugs after raiding an Al Shabaab camp inside Boni forest, later in the year numerous condoms washed off from Jilib-an Al Shabaab stronghold after flash floods had hit Somalia.
Sheikh Noor Farah council elder from Ijara said “its either we cooperate with the police or allow Al Shabaab to turn our town into a sex and drug den” he was speaking on confirmation that indeed they had offered the information to the troops in the area and vowed to smoke out all operatives from the area.