Terror group Al-Shabaab attacks Kenyan military base
Nairobi: Jihadists from Somalia’s Al-Shabaab group Sunday attacked a military base used by US and Kenyan forces in Kenya’s coastal Lamu region, the army spokesman said.
Since Nairobi sent troops across the border in 29, the strike on the base is the latest from the group in Kenya. Kenya’s army spokesman Colonel Paul Njuguna said in a statement that am’an effort was made to breach security.’ ‘The violation that was attempted was repulsed. Four bodies have so far been found. The airstrip is secure.
Arising from the unsuccessful breach a fire broke out affecting a number of the gas tanks located at the airstrip.’ He said the fire was brought under control’and security procedures are.’ ‘We aren’t sure if there are still remnants within,’ he said.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement, saying it had’successfully stormed the heavily fortified military base and have taken effective control of a part of the base.’ The team said there had been both Kenyan and American casualties, however this could not be verified.
Al-Shabaab said the attack was a part of its’Al-Quds (Jerusalem) shall never be Judaized’ campaign — a term it initially used during an attack on the upscale Dusit hotel complex in Nairobi in January last year that left 21 people dead. The jihadists have staged several attacks inside Kenya, in retaliation for Nairobi sending troops to target interests as well as into Somalia.
Despite years of efforts to fight Al-Shabaab, the team on December 28 was able to detonate a car packed with explosives in Mogadishu, killing 81 people. The spate of attacks highlights the group’s resilience and capacity to inflict mass casualties in the home and in the region, despite losing control of major metropolitan regions in Somalia.
The Lamu region, near the border, has been plagued by attacks with regular strikes across the frontier notably targeting security forces with roadside bombs. When suspected Shabaab gunmen ambushed a bus at least three people were killed. US military strikes in Somalia surged after President Donald Trump declared this country an’ area of hostilities’ south.’