US military base attacked by Al-Shabaab

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US military base attacked by Al-Shabaab
US military base attacked by Al-Shabaab :File Photo

US military base in Lamu county known as ‘Camp Simba’ has attacked by al-Shabaab,base was used by both American and Kenyan military personnel.

Al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for an attack on a US base in Kenya on Sunday morning local time.

Al-Shabaab said the base was used by both American and Kenyan military personnel, and that US military equipment was “destroyed,” according to a statement released by the terror group Sunday.

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Al-Shabaab provided no evidence to support the claims. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were any casualties.

Al-Qaeda-linked group attacks Camp Simba, a base used by US and Kenyan military personnel, in Lamu county.

Kenyan Defence Forces said in a statement on Sunday that “at around 5:30am an attempt was made to breach security at Manda Air Strip.

“The attempted breach was successfully repulsed. Four terrorists bodies have so far been found.The airstrip is safe.”

Earlier, al-Shabab said in a statement the raid 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 armed group said.

The attack sent a dark plume of smoke into the air, Abdallah Barghash, a witness told news agency.

Barghash was among the crowds watching the drama unfold on Manda Island from neighbouring Lamu Island, a top tourist destination.

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 group also carries out frequent attacks in neighbouring Kenya, which sent thousands of its troops into Somalia to fight al-Shabab.

The attack comes nearly a year after al-Shabab launched a deadly suicide attack on the upscale 14 Riverside complex in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, killing 21 people.

This week, they killed three passengers when they attacked a bus in Lamu county, police said.

US military base in Lamu county known as ‘Camp Simba’ is located near Kenya’s border with Somalia.