Three Americans killed in terrorist attack in Kenya; Al-Shabaab claims responsibility

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of our teammates who lost their lives today,” US Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, US Africa Command, said in a statement. “As we honor their sacrifice, let’s also harden our resolve. Alongside our African and international partners, we will pursue those responsible for this attack and al-Shabaab who seeks to harm Americans and U.S. interests. We remain committed to preventing al-Shabaab from maintaining a safe haven to plan deadly attacks against the U.S. homeland, East African and international partners.”

CNN:

Three Americans were killed in Sunday’s Kenya terror attack, a US defense official told CNN.

One US service member and two civilian contractors working for the Defense Department were killed in the attack carried out by Al-Shabaab, US Africa Command announced Sunday.

Based in neighboring Somalia, al-Shabab has launched a number of attacks in Kenya. It has also been the target of a growing number of U.S. airstrikes during President Donald Trump’s administration.

The attack comes just over a week after an al-Shabab truck bomb in Somalia’s capital killed at least 79 people and U.S. airstrikes killed several al-Shabab fighters in response.

Another U.S. airstrike Friday killed three militants, U.S. Africa Command said.

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