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Al-Shabab claims attack on base serving US, Kenyan troops

Nairobi, Kenya: The al-Shabab extremist group says it has attacked a military base used by US and Kenyan troops in coastal Kenya. Kenya’s military says the attempted pre-dawn breach was repulsed and at least four attackers were killed.

A witness reported a plume of black smoke rising above the base and says residents said a car bomb exploded.

The US Africa Command confirmed the attack at the Manda Bay airfield.

The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab is based in neighboring Somalia and has launched a number of attacks in Kenya. Al-Shabab has been the target of a growing number of US airstrikes during President Donald Trump’s administration.

An al-Shabab statement Sunday asserted that it had inflicted casualties in the raid on the military base in Manda Bay, near the border with Somalia, and destroyed US military equipment, including aircraft.

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