Militants attacked a military base used by U.S. troops in Kenya and killed three Americans early Sunday.
A pre-dawn attempt by al-Shabab forces to breach security at Manda Bay Airfield was repelled, U.S. Africa Command said in a statement, but one U.S. service member and two contractors with the Department of Defense were killed. Another two Defense employees were wounded but in stable condition.
“The wounded Americans are currently in stable condition and being evacuated,” the statement said.
The command said initial reports reflected damage to infrastructure and equipment, while an assessment was underway to determine if any further damage was inflicted.
“Working alongside our Kenyan partners, the airfield is cleared and still in the process of being fully secured.”
Al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda-linked group, claimed it had inflicted casualties and destroyed U.S. military equipment, including aircraft, in the raid on the military base near Kenya’s border with Somalia.