Al-Shabaab kills three Americans in attack on US military base in Kenya

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Al-Shabaab militia has conducted an attack against US military base Camp Simba in Kenya. Photograph: Staff Sgt. LEXIE WEST HANDOUT/EPA

Al-Shabaab extremists have overrun a key military base in Kenya, killing three American Department of Defense personnel and destroying several US aircraft and vehicles before they were repelled.

The attack on the Manda Bay airfield early on Sunday was the al-Qaida-linked group’s first attack against US forces in the East African country, and the military called the security situation “fluid” several hours after the assault.Five attackers were killed, Kenyan military spokesman Paul Njuguna said.Al-Shabaab, based in neighboring Somalia, claimed responsibility for the assault.

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