U.S. air strike in Somalia killed militant involved in January attack on base in Kenya

A U.S. air strike over the weekend in Somalia killed an Islamist militant who helped plan last month’s attack on a military base in Kenya in which three Americans died, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.

The military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement the strike carried out on Saturday killed a senior member of the Somalia-based militant group al Shabaab “who was in charge of planning and directing terrorist operations on the Kenya border region, including the recent attack on Manda Bay” and his wife.

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In the Jan. 5 attack, three Americans – one U.S. military service member and two contractors – were killed during an attack by al Shabaab on the Manda Baby military base in Kenya used by both U.S. and Kenyan forces.

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