The United States Africa Command (Africom) has confirmed that an attack was carried out on its Manda Bay Airfield in Kenya, with Islamist militant organisation Al-Shabaab claiming responsibility.
In a statement on Twitter, Africom did not provide details on the attack but promised to do so “as facts and details emerge”. The post read:
U.S. Africa Command acknowledges there was an attack at Manda Bay Airfield, Kenya and is monitoring the situation. Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the incident. As facts and details emerge, we will provide an update.
On Friday, a US airstrike killed the Iranian Quds Force commander, General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. He was the head of Iran’s Middle East operations as head of the elite Quds Force.
Meanwhile, there are fears that Iran will avenge Soleiman’s death by attacking US targets in Africa with some reports suggesting that the elite Quds Force has active cells in Sudan, Chad, Ghana, Niger, The Gambia and the Central African Republic.