Militants attacked a military base used by U.S. troops in Manda Bay in Kenya early Sunday, left multiple aircraft destroyed or badly damaged.
A pre-dawn attempt by al-Shabab an Al Qaeda-linked group to breach security at Manda Bay Airfield was repelled, U.S. Africa Command said in a statement.
The initial report reflected damage to infrastructure and equipment, including several Aircraft. US C-146 Wolfhound and a heavily modified Dash 8-202 spy-plane were among the planes destroyed.
US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is using the base where Cessna 208, U-28 (PC-12), C-146s (Dornier 328), Dash 8s, CN235s, UH-60s and MH-6s as well as unmanned aerial systems like the MQ-9 Reaper and the recently retired MQ-1 are stationed.
“Working alongside our Kenyan partners, the airfield is cleared and still in the process of being fully secured.” said the U.S. Africa Command.
There was no report of U.S. or Kenyan deaths. U.S. Africa Command said “an accountability of personnel assessment is underway.”
The base, established more than a decade ago, has under 100 U.S. personnel, according to Pentagon figures.
“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” said the Kenyan Defence Forces