The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) confirming the Al Shabaab attack that took place early in the morning said that the terrorists attacked Manda airstrip located near the army base.
The were successfully repulsed and ‘four bodies of the terrorists have been found’.
Below is the statement from KDF:
This morning at around 5:30 am an attempt was made to breach security at Manda Air Strip. The attempted breach was successfully repulsed. Four terrorists bodies have so far been found. The airstrip is safe. Arising from the unsuccessful breach a fire broke out affecting some of the fuel tanks located at the airstrip. The fire has been put under control and standard security procedures are now on-going. – Col Paul Njuguna, a Spokesman for the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF)
Photos circulated online showed thick back smoke billowing from the airstrip on Sunday morning, in what Col Njuguna said was “fire that broke out affecting some of the fuel tanks located at the airstrip.”
Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia too confirmed “Yes there was an incident in the morning but we have been able to push them away,” he said, “However, we are not sure if there are still remnants within.”
The attack comes in the aftermath of threats for revenge following the assassination of Iranian top military general Qasem Soleimani, who was taken down by US forces in Iraq, accused of orchestrating vicious attacks targetting US citizens and interests in the Middle East.