Somalia’s Islamist group al-Shabaab on Sunday attacked a military base in Lamu county in Kenya that is used by both U.S. and Kenyan forces, a source quoted by Reuters and al Shabaab said.
CNN reports that Al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for an attack on a US base in Kenya on Sunday morning local time.
The base — known as Camp Simba — is located in Lamu county, near Kenya’s border with Somalia.
“They have attacked Manda airstrip in Lamu, which is just next to the military camp that hosts military personnel from many countries including Kenya and the U.S. We are informed that fighting is still ongoing,” according to a military source who added that fighters were trying to access the base from the airstrip.
The attack comes nearly a year after al Shabaab launched a deadly suicide attack on the upscale 14 Riverside complex in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, killing 21 people.
Via Reuters / CNN / Twitter Harun Maruf
BREAKING: Reports from Kenya say Al-Shabaab militants have launched a dawn attack on Kenya military base in Lamu County. A suicide car bomb reportedly breached the entry to Camp Simba, Manda Bay. The explosion sent plume of dark smoke into the sky, photos purportedly show. pic.twitter.com/OxL8H1Qvgs
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) January 5, 2020