US military confirms terror attack on US base in Kenya

  The U.S. military has confirmed that there has been a terror attack on a military base in Kenya that houses some U.S. military pers...


 
The U.S. military has confirmed that there has been a terror attack on a military base in Kenya that houses some U.S. military personnel. The Somali terror group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack that Kenyan authorities said had been repelled with four militants killed within the fighting.

“U.S. Africa Command acknowledges there was an attack at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya and is monitoring things ,” said U.S Army Maj. Gen. William Gayler during a statement. “Al-Shabab resorts to lies, coercion, and therefore the exertion of force to bolster their reputation to make false headlines ...It is important to counter al-Shabab where they stand to stop the spread of this cancer.”

The official didn't provide information about any potential casualties at the Kenyan military base that has housed U.S. military personnel for years. it's unclear what percentage American personnel are stationed at the bottom that has reportedly been a site for U.S. special operations forces operating in Somalia.

The statement continued saying "the security situation at Manda Bay is fluid. Al-Shabab may be a terrorist organization that has repeatedly communicated an intent to attack U.S. interests. this is often an equivalent terror group that took quite 80 innocent lives in Mogadishu last week."

"Al-Shabab may be a brutal terrorist group ,” said Gayler. “It is an Al-Qaeda affiliate seeking to determine a self-governed Islamic territory in East Africa , to get rid of Western influence and ideals from the region, and to further its jihadist agenda. U.S. presence in Africa is critically important to counter-terrorism efforts.”

Kenya Defense Forces said an effort was made at approximately 5:30 a.m. civil time this morning to breach security at Manda Air Strip which it had successfully been stopped and therefore the air strip was safe.

Earlier, al-Shabab had said during a statement that a number of its fighters had launched “ a daring dawn raid on a U.S. naval base referred to as ‘Camp Simba’ in Lamu County, Kenya.”

The Al Qaeda affiliate claimed that their fighters had taken control of some of the bottom , a claim that would not be verified.

Last week al-Shabab administered a bomb attack within the heart of Mogadishu that killed a minimum of 80 civilians.

About 500 U.S. troops are stationed inside Somalia assisting and advising that country’s military in its fight against the fear group.

SOURCE: ABC NEWS



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