Kenya military base used by US, Kenyan troops attacked by al-Shabab; 4 attackers reported killed

the al-shabaab extremist group attacked
a military base used by US and Kenyan troops in coastal Kenya early Sunday
with US aircraft and vehicles destroyed Kenyan authorities said
Kenya’s military said the pre-dawn breach was repulsed and at least four
attackers were killed a plume of black smoke rose above the base near the
Somali border residents said a car bomb had exploded the u.s. Africa Command
confirmed the attack on Camp Simba and lamu County spokesman Col Christopher
Karns called al-shabaab claims including of inflicting severe casualties grossly
exaggerated for killed in Kenyan bus attack claimed by Islamic extremists
there was no report of us or Kenyan deaths the camp has under 100 US
personnel according to Pentagon figures an internal Kenyan police report seen by
The Associated Press said two fixed-wing aircraft a u.s. Cessna and a Kenyan one
were destroyed along with two US helicopters in multiple US vehicles at
the Mann dabei military airstrip the report said explosions were heard at
around 5:30 a.m. from the direction of the airstrip the scene now secured
indicated that al-shabaab likely gained entry to conduct targeted attacks the
report said al-shabaab claim of responsibility said the attack destroyed
US equipment including aircraft and vehicles
it said fighters covered Lee entered enemy lines and that the attack was
ongoing Kenya’s military however said that the
airstrip is safe it said that for rising from the unsuccessful breach a fire
broke out affecting some of the fuel tanks located at the airstrip the Kenya
Civil Aviation Authority said the airstrip was closed for all operations
al-shabaab which is linked to al-qaeda is based in neighbouring Somalia and has
launched a number of attacks in Kenya the group has been the target of a
growing number of US airstrikes during President Donald Trump’s administration
the latest attack comes just over a week after an al-shabaab truck bomb in
Somalia’s capital killed at least 79 people in US airstrikes killed seven
al-shabaab fighters in response last year al-shabaab attacked the US
pterri base inside Somalia the extremist group has carried out multiple attacks
against Kenyan troops in the past and retaliation for Kenya sending troops to
Somalia to fight it al-shabaab also has attacked civilian targets in Kenya
including buses schools and shopping malls the early Sunday attack comes days
after a US air strike killed Iran’s top military commander in Iran vowed
retaliation but al-shabaab is a Sunni Muslim group and there is no sign of
links to Shiite Iran or proxies analyst Rashid Abdi and Twitter posts discussing
the attack said it had nothing to do with the tensions in the Middle East but
added that Kenyan security services have long been worried that Iran was trying
to cultivate ties with al-shabaab

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