In Summary
  • KDF says there were no casualties on either Kenyan or US sides after the dawn attack.
  • The militants are said to have disconnected power supply in the area before the invasion.
  • The Somalia-based terror group has claimed the attack.

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) says four al-Shabaab fighters died following a dawn attack on the Manda-Magogoni naval base in Lamu County on Sunday.

The attack comes just a week after the US said it carried out airstrikes in Somalia that killed four Shabaab terrorists following a massive car bomb that killed 79 people in Mogadishu recently.

The Kenyan military says there were no casualties on either the Kenyan or US sides following the dawn attack in Lamu.

The militants had launched a 5 am attack on Manda Airstrip, which is next to Camp Simba -- a Kenyan naval base with a US military presence.

The Shabaab fighters were attempting to gain entry to the military base via the airstrip.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia also confirmed the attack.

The Somalia-based terror group has claimed the attack.

KDF aircraft responded with some bombs and later, in a statement, said the attack was foiled by its soldiers.

Locals also told the Nation that gunfire had ended in the area.

"This morning at around 5.30 am, an attempt was made to breach security at Manda Airstrip. The attempted breach was successfully repulsed. Four terrorists bodies have so far been found. The airstrip is safe," KDF Spokesperson Col Paul Njuguna said.

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