Al Shabaab says 7 planes destroyed in an attack on the Kenyan base used by the United States

NAIROBI: Somali Islamist terrorists said they destroyed seven planes and three vehicles on Sunday in an attack on a military base in Kenya 's Lamu county used by both US and Kenya n troops, although their account could not be independently verified.

In a statement, the al Shabaab The group said the attack, launched at dawn, continued hours later and that its fighters were attacking US troops in close combat.

Seven aircraft and three military vehicles were destroyed in the attack, said the statement, which included photos of aircraft ablaze and an al Shabaab militant standing nearby.

In a tweet, the United States African Command confirmed that an attack had occurred at the Manda Bay airfield. He said he was monitoring the situation and would provide an update as facts and details arise.