Friday 17 January 2020

Jihadi terrorists kill three in attack on US military airbase in Kenya

Propaganda: Al-Shabaab posted this image online of its flag hanging at the airfield near the military base in Kenya during the attack. Picture: Reuters
Propaganda: Al-Shabaab posted this image online of its flag hanging at the airfield near the military base in Kenya during the attack. Picture: Reuters

Adrian Blomfield

Somalia's al-Shabaab terror group killed a US military service member and two contractors yesterday in an attack on a secret military base in Kenya.

Two Americans from the Department of Defence were also wounded.

The US forces in Kenya came under attack when terrorists destroyed American reconnaissance aircraft and army vehicles. An unknown number of jihadist militants struck at Camp Simba, a US military facility at a Kenyan naval base, shortly before dawn.

Kenyan military officials said the attack was quickly brought under control before it could do much more damage and that five militants had been killed. US Africa Command was more circumspect, saying the situation remained "fluid" and that it had yet to conduct an assessment to see whether all other personnel could be accounted for.

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There were said to have been fewer than 150 American soldiers at Camp Simba in Manda Bay, near the tourist resort of Lamu, when the attack took place.

Although militants were unable to penetrate Camp Simba itself, they succeeded in overrunning an adjacent airfield where they set fire to at least two planes, one of which was an American intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft used for missions in Somalia. Whether successful or not, the brazen nature of the attack - more than 80km of the Somali frontier - represented a notable escalation in al-Shabaab cross-border operations.

The group has frequently carried out attacks on Kenyan troops in retaliation for the Kenyan army's military incursion into southern Somalia.

But until now it has shied away from attacking US troops in Kenya. It did mount a failed operation against American forces stationed in Somalia last September. Camp Simba, established in 2004, is one of the largest American military installations in Africa. It is frequently used by US special forces mounting covert operations in Somalia. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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