- The United States of America has confirmed an attack on one of its military bases in East Africa
- The joint US-Kenya military base codenamed Camp Simba was attacked at dawn on Sunday, January 5 by Al-Shabaab terrorists
- The terrorist group said in a statement that the attack on Camp Simba was to destroy one of the bases used by America to stop the growth of its kind of religious faith
A camp jointly operated by the United States of America and Kenya has been attacked by suspected terrorists in the East African country.
Legit.ng gathered that the camp, codename Simba, was attacked in the early hours of Sunday, January 5.
The news was posted by a United States security warning system on the social media platform, Twitter.
According to the tweet, the attack was not on a US naval base as earlier thought but on Camp Simba which was operated by the US and Kenya military.
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The terrorists were said to have driven a bomb-laden car through the gates of the camp before the fighting began.
As at the time of the tweet, there were reports of gunfire.
According to Al-Jazeera and pictures of Camp Simba seen by Legit.ng, the base is located at Manda Bay in Lamu county.
Quoting a source and an Al-Shabaab statement, Reuters reports that the attack was carried out by the Islamist terrorists at dawn on Sunday.
The report further quoted a military source as saying: “They have attacked Manda airstrip in Lamu, which is just next to the military camp that hosts military personnel from many countries including Kenya and the U.S. We are informed that fighting is still ongoing.”
Legit.ng notes that the attack came just days after Iran threatened harsh revenge on the United States for killing one of its top army generals in an airstrike in Baghdad.
The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, angered by the killing of his country's Quds force commander, Qasem Soleimani, by a United States airstrike said his country will revenge the death of Soleimani.
"Soleimani's martyrdom will make Iran more decisive to resist America's expansionism and to defend our Islamic values.
"With no doubt, Iran and other freedom-seeking countries in the region will take his revenge," Rouhani said.
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