According a government official; the Jihadists from Somalia’s Al-Shabaab group on Sunday 5th January, 2020 attacked a military base used by United States and Kenyan forces in Kenya’s coastal Lamu region.
“There was an attack but they have been revolted,” Lamu Commissioner, Irungu Macharia, told AFP.
Macharia said the attack took place before dawn at the base known as Camp Simba, and that “a security operation is ongoing” according to him, there was no update of causalities at the time of this report. We are not sure if there are still remnants within the area he said.
The Jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attack in a report, saying they had “successfully stormed the heavily fortified military base and have now taken effective control of part of the base.”
The Jihadist group said, the attack was part of its “Al-Quds (Jerusalem) shall never be Judaised” campaign – a term it first used during an attack on the upscale Dusit hotel complex in Nairobi in January last year that left over twenty one persons dead.
According to report, the group said there had been both Kenyan and American casualties, however this could not be immediately verified.