A United States Service member and two contractors with the Department of Defense lost their lives during a terrorist attack on a military base in Kenya on Sunday, Jan 5th.
This morning at around 5:30 am 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.https://t.co/CXoAWBgXC4
— Kenya Defence Forces (@kdfinfo) January 5, 2020
Al-Shabab, a Somali terror group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Commander of the US Africa Command, US Army Gen. Stephen Townsend issued a statement on Sunday:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of our teammates who lost their lives today. As we honor their sacrifice, let’s also harden our resolve. Alongside our African and international partners, we will pursue those responsible for this attack and al-Shabab who seeks to harm Americans and U.S. interests.”
This is not the first time that al-Shabab has carried out an attack recently. Last week, they detonated a car bomb that killed more than 80 civilians.
Around 500 members of the US military are stationed in Somalia to assist and advise the country in fighting al-Shabab.
The names of the people killed in the attack have not yet been released.
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