Al-Shabab militants attack Kenya and US naval base

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The Islamist militant group al-Shabab has attacked a naval base used by Kenyan and US forces in the Kenyan coastal region of Lamu. Witnesses reported hearing gunfire and seeing plumes of black smoke emerge from Camp Simba in the early hours today. Kenya’s military said troops had driven out the insurgents from the base. Al-Shabab is linked to al-Qaeda and has its headquarters in neighbouring Somalia. The group has carried out a spate of attacks in the region since it was formed more than a decade ago.

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