The Islamist group al Shabaab attacks the Kenyan base also used by US forces

NAIROBI: the Islamist group of Somalia al Shabaab on Sunday attacked a military base in Lamu county in Kenya that is used by both U.S. and Kenyan forces, a source and al Shabaab said.

They have attacked the landing strip of Manda in Lamu, which is right next to the military camp that houses military personnel from many countries, including Kenya and the United States. We are informed that the fighting is still going on, the military source told Reuters.

He said the fighters were trying to access the base from the airstrip.

Al Shabaab, an Islamist insurgent group linked to al Qaeda fighting to overthrow the weak UN-backed Somali government, also issued a statement promising new updates.

An elite group of soldiers from the Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen Martyrdom Brigade launched a bold raid at dawn on an American naval base known as Camp Simba in Lamu County, Kenya.

... the base is home to hundreds of U.S. military personnel and Kenyan soldiers and serves as one of the many launch pads for the American crusade against Islam in the region, the al Shabaab statement said.