Al-Shabab Claims Responsibility For Attack On US military Base in Kenya Two Days After Qasem Soleimani’s Death

File photo: an Al-Shabab group
File photo: an Al-Shabab group

Barely two days after President Donald Trump of the United States of America ordered the killing of General Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC),
Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for an attack on the US military base in Kenya on Sunday, January 5, 2020.

Authorities in Kenya, Eastern Africa, and the terrorist group confirmed that the group invaded the military base in Kenya’s Lamu county used by the United States and Kenyan military personnel.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia told AFP news agency that the terrorist group attacked the base in the early hours of Sunday but was not an entirely successful operation as it was “repulsed”.

He, however, did not give any official account on the level of casualties on the three sides – Kenya, US military personnel and the Al-Shabab terrorist group.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by Al-Shabab claimed that “the Mujahideen fighters covertly entered enemy lines, successfully stormed the heavily fortified military base and have now taken effective control of a part of the base”.

Contrary to the repulse claim, the terrorist group claimed that the invasion resulted in “severe casualties on both American and Kenyan troops stationed there.”

As at the time of publishing this report, the US government, the US embassy in Kenya nor the US military base in the African country were yet to make any official statement on the attack which many believe was a reprisal attack.

Recall that the US military forces killed Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) alongside the deputy head of the Iran-backed Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in an airstrike in Iran on Friday, January 3, 2020.

Since the attack happened, the Iranian leaders have been talking tough threatening to revenge the death of their military general. The threats from the Iranian military government brought back the fear that the world is heading to another World war.

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