UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The African American Command (AFRICOM) confirmed on Sunday that a US service member and two Defense Department contractors were killed when al-Shabaab militants attacked a military base used by Kenyan and US forces in Lamu district near Kenya’s border with Somalia.
“During an attack by al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda group in East Africa, a US service member and two Defense Department contractors were killed at a Kenya Defense Forces military base in Manda Bay,” AFRICOM said in an announcement.
The US said two members of the Defense Department have also been injured and are currently in stable condition and have been evacuated.
AFRICOM Commander U.S. Army General Stephen Townsend said the names of the dead and wounded will not be released until their relatives are notified.
“Our prayers are with the families and friends of the team who lost their lives today,” Townsend said in a release.
“Together with our African and international partners, we will pursue those responsible for this attack and al-Shabaab who seeks to harm Americans and US interests. We remain committed to preventing al-Shabaab from maintaining a safe haven to plan deadly attacks against the U.S., East Africa and international partners, ”he said.
Kenyan defense forces announced that they had successfully repelled the attack, killing four militants.
AFRICOM confirmed that there was damage to infrastructure and other equipment, citing reports that six contractor-operated civil aircrafts were damaged to some extent.
The Somali government has strongly condemned the attack.
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