Loading... January 5 (UPI) – Al-Shabab, a Somali terrorist group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, attacked a military base in Kenya on Sunday morning which, according to the U.S. and Kenyan military, contains U.S. military personnel. Al-Shabab is a Sunni Muslim group...Jan 5th · 1 min read
January 5 (UPI) – Al-Shabab, a Somali terrorist group affiliated with Al-Qaeda, attacked a military base in Kenya on Sunday morning which, according to the U.S. and Kenyan military, contains U.S. military personnel.
Al-Shabab is a Sunni Muslim group and not affiliated with Shi’ite Iran. Last week a US airstrike killed Iran’s top military commander and Iran vowed retaliation.
At around 5:30 a.m., the Kenyan armed forces attempted to breach security at Manda Bay Airfield near the Somalia border. “The attempted violation was successfully rejected. So far, four terrorists have been found,” the Kenyan military posted on Twitter.
US Africa commandos said the airfield was “cleared and still in the process of being fully secured”. Infrastructure and equipment have been damaged and staff reviews are underway.
“The US command for Africa admits that there has been an attack on Manda Bay Airfield in Kenya and is monitoring the situation,” Maj. Gen. William Gayler said in a statement. “Al-Shabab uses lies, coercion and the use of violence to strengthen its reputation and make the wrong headlines. It is important to counter Al-Shabab where they are to prevent the spread of this cancer.”
Earlier, al-Shabab said some of his fighters had launched a daring dawn raid on a US naval base called Camp Simba in Lamu County, Kenya, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim.
Camp Simba is located near the Manda runway and is a popular destination for western Kenyans.
Their fighters had taken control of part of the base and there were “heavy losses to American and Kenyan troops stationed there”.
According to AFRICOM, the group “exaggerated the local security situation”.
No number of Americans was given at the base.
The base was a location for US special forces operating in Somalia. Approximately 500 U.S. soldiers are in Somalia to assist and advise the nation’s military against the terrorist group.
“Al-Shabab is a brutal terrorist organization,” said Gayler. “It is an al-Qaida affiliate that is trying to establish a self-governing Islamic territory in East Africa, remove Western influence and ideals from the region, and advance its jihadist agenda. The US presence in Africa is conducive to counter-terrorism crucial. “
Africom noted that it is the same terrorist group that killed 80 people in Mogadishu, Somalia last week.
The Somali government and the US command to Africa have recently retaliated against the al-Shabaab target, according to a CNN report.