Kenya's Coast Provincial Commissioner, Mr. Samuel Kilele, on Saturday (March 30th) linked a local secessionist organization, the Mombasa Republican Council, with Al-Shabaab. He announced that these two groups had seven days to surrender or face the full force of the law. After that, he told a press conference, "the consequences will be drastic. If they don't surrender, then we will go to the forests and the caves to flush them out.
We know where they are and we know what they are planning." The PC said that 26 police officers had been killed between September 10 last year and March 28 this year, with the most recent incident occurring in Malindi on Thursday (March 28th) when two police officers and six attackers were killed as a group of suspected Mombasa Republican Council supporters attempted to raid a police station. He said some of the attackers had had military training, adding that "there is a possibility that the Al-Shabaab and the MRC are sympathisers to each other because they are all bent on causing disturbance in this region."