A pre-dawn attempt by al-Shabab forces to breach security at Manda Bay Airfield was repelled, U.S. Africa Command said in a statement. But it added that “the security situation at Manda Bay is fluid.
It said initial reports reflected damage to infrastructure and equipment, while an assessment was underway to determine if any further damage was inflicted.
“Working alongside our Kenyan partners, the airfield is cleared and still in the process of being fully secured.”
Al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda-linked group, claimed it had inflicted casualties and destroyed U.S. military equipment, including aircraft, in the raid on the military base near Kenya’s border with Somalia.
There was no report of U.S. or Kenyan deaths. U.S. Africa Command said “an accountability of personnel assessment is underway.”
Based in neighboring Somalia, al-Shabab has launched a number of attacks in Kenya. It has also been the target of a growing number of U.S. airstrikes during President Donald Trump’s administration.
The attack comes just over a week after an al-Shabab truck bomb in Somalia’s capital killed at least 79 people and U.S. airstrikes killed several al-Shabab fighters in response.
Another U.S. airstrike Friday killed three militants, U.S. Africa Command said.
The base, established more than a decade ago, has under 100 U.S. personnel, according to Pentagon figures.
A U.S. flag-raising there in August signaled its change “from tactical to enduring operations,” the Air Force said at the time.
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