Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) stated that four members of Somalia’s Islamist group, Al-Shabaab, were killed on Sunday after they attacked a military base in Lamu county used by both US and Kenyan forces.
The United States Africa Command issued a statement on Sunday, saying that “one (1) US service member and two (2) Department of Defense contractors were killed at a Kenya Defense Force Military Base in Manda Bay, Kenya”.
According to the statement, two more DoD members who were wounded “are currently in stable condition and being evacuated”.
“At this time, the names of the fallen and the wounded are being withheld as part of the next of kin notification process. Out of respect for the families of the fallen and injured, we ask that everyone respect their privacy during this difficult time. The Department of Defense is fully committed to providing the families of the fallen dedicated care, service, and support”, according to the statement.
Earlier in the day, the Somali-based Islamist group, Al-Shabaab – affiliated to al-Qaeda – attacked a military base in Kenya’s Lamu county.
The news comes after a deadly terrorist attack struck Kenya earlier this month, allegedly carried out by Al-Shabaab militants.
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A bus carrying over 40 passengers, en route to Kenya’s second-largest city of Mombasa from the town of Lamu, was attacked by a group of militants who appeared from the forest and tried to stop the bus. When the driver refused to slow down, the assailants fired at the vehicle, killing at least three and leaving many injured.