The government has imposed curfew in the coastal county of Lamu following recent terror attacks from Somalia based al-Shabab militants.
Lamu County police commander Perminius Kioi said on Thursday the curfew will enable security agencies to monitor, and carry crackdown on any suspicious criminal activities on the island that is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
“The curfew is meant to allow security agencies in the area to easily access, monitor and investigate suspicious activities during the set time,” Kioi told reporters.
The curfew will begin on Thursday from 10 p.m. to 4.a.m. daily. He urged local communities to adhere to the curfew in order to boost the government’s effort to restore peace in Lamu County.
The police commander said the public service vehicles, private vehicles and motorcycles, will undergo thorough security checkups in the highways and other ports of entry.
The decision to impose curfew in Lamu was announced in the wake of al-Shabab attack on a joint Kenya-United States military base where one U.S. military officer and two contractors died.
Four people died on Jan. 2 when al-Shabab militants attacked a bus plying along Mombasa-Lamu highway.