Kenya: 3 Americans killed by Muslim terrorists in attack on US-Kenya military base in Manda Bay
Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorists stormed a military base in Kenya’s Lamu county used by US and Kenyan military personnel and murdered three Americans early Sunday.
The Al-Shabaab terrorists attempt to breach security at Manda Bay Airfield was repelled, but one US service member and two contractors with the Department of Defense were killed. Another two Defense employees were wounded in the attack.
“The wounded Americans are currently in stable condition and being evacuated,” the US Africa Command said in a statement.
“There was an attack but they have been repulsed,” Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia said.
The terror group said the attack resulted in “severe casualties on both American and Kenyan troops stationed there.”
“The Mujahideen fighters covertly entered enemy lines, successfully stormed the heavily fortified military base and have now taken effective control of a part of the base,” the al-Qaeda-linked terror group said in a statement.
“US Africa Command acknowledges there was an attack at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya and is monitoring the situation,” said a spokesperson for US Africa Command in a statement. “As facts and details emerge, we will provide an update.”
Kenya Defense Forces said an attempt was made at approximately 5:30 a.m. local time this morning to breach security at Manda Air Strip and that it had successfully been stopped and the air strip was safe.
Al-Shabab has maintained a campaign of deadly bomb and gun attacks despite being ejected from their bases in the Somali capital, Mogadishu and other areas years ago.
The terror group also carries out attacks in Kenya, which sent thousands of its troops into Somalia to fight al-Shabab.
Last week al-Shabaab carried out a truck bomb attack in the heart of Mogadishu that murdered at least 100 people.