US Airstrike Kills Al-Shabaab Leader behind Kenya Attacks

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US Army soldiers deployed to Manda Bay after a terrorist attack on January 5, 2020

The United States (US) Africa Command on Tuesday, February 24 confirmed the killing of a senior Al-Shabaab leader believed to be responsible for terrorist attacks in Kenya.

The terrorist, alleged to be behind the attack on a military base in Manda Bay, Lamu on January 5, was killed alongside his wife in precision air-strikes conducted on Sunday, February 22 by the United States in Saakow, Somalia.

“Post-strike assessments confirm the two terrorists killed in the Feb. 22 precision airstrikes were an individual associated with the attack on Manda Bay and his wife, who was also a known Al-Shabaab member.

“The two terrorists were identified as a senior Al-Shabaab leader, who was in charge of planning and directing terrorist operations on the Kenya border region, including the recent attack on Manda Bay, and his wife, who also was a witting and active member of Al-Shabaab responsible for facilitating a wide range of terrorist activities,” a statement from US Africa Command read in part.

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US Army soldiers deployed to Manda Bay after a terrorist attack on January 5, 2020

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US Army General Stephen Townsend, the commander of US Africa Command, disclosed that they began pursuing the terrorists after the attack on Manda Bay which is shared by members of the US Army and the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).

“This strike demonstrates that we will continue to relentlessly pursue those responsible for Manda Bay and those wishing to do harm to Americans and our African partners.

“Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, is an evil and remorseless enemy of peace, stability, and freedom in East Africa and threatens the very way of life of people there, as well as Americans and U.S. interest in the region and abroad,” he asserted.

The Manda Bay attack in which about a dozen militants stormed the base armed with various guns and explosives left 3 US service-men dead.

A police report revealed that the attackers also destroyed destroyed two planes, two US helicopters and multiple US military vehicles

Townsend stated that efforts had been made to reinforce security provisions at Manda Bay after the shocking pre-dawn attack.

“U.S. Africa Command will continue to support our African and European partners in the fight against Al-Shabaab.

 “It is important to impact their ability to threaten peace and security in East Africa and prevent their threats against the U.S. from being a reality.”” he stated.

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File image of Manda Bay Airfield

File image of Manda Bay Airfield

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