Al Shabaab attack Manda military base days after US airstrike

Smoke coming from Manda airstrip. Al Shabaab have claimed the attack that saw four of their own dead./COURTESY

Four Al Shabaab members were on Sunday morning killed following an attack at Manda Bay Airfield in Lamu County.

The insurgents attacked the base used by Kenya and United States military at around 5:30 am.

“In the early hours of Sunday morning, an elite group of soldiers from Harakat Al Shabaab Al Mujahideen’s ‘Martyrdom Brigade’ launched a daring dawn raid on a U.S. naval base known as ‘Camp Simba’ in Lamu County, Kenya,” read a statement from the terror group.

“The attack also resulted in the destruction of U.S. military equipment including military aircraft and vehicles,” it continued to read.

The Kenya Defense Forces however say the attack was thwarted and at least four militants killed.

“This morning at around 5:30am an attempt was made to breach security at Manda Airstrip. The attempted breach was successfully repulsed. Four terrorists’ bodies have so far been found. The airstrip is safe,” read a statement from KDF.

The attack came just two days after U.S. forces in coordination with the Federal government of Somalia conducted an airstrike against al Shabaab near Bacaw in Somalia.

The Kenya defense forces also killed four militants on the 2nd of January following a Lamu bus attack along the Lamu- Garsen highway that left three people dead.

Also read: KDF kill four suspected Al Shabaab militants in Lamu