The U.S. Department of Defense has identified the Army soldier who was killed in the terror attack on Manda Bay Airfield in Kenya’s Lamu County by Islamist terrorist organization Al-Shabaab on Jan. 5.
The deceased was identified as Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr., 23, from Evergreen Park, Illinois. Mayfield was assigned to 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, Fort Rucker, Alabama.
The incident is under investigation, added the Pentagon statement.
According to an earlier U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) statement, one U.S. service member and two Department of Defense contractors were killed during an attack by al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida group in East Africa, at a Kenya Defense Force (KDF) Military Base in Manda Bay.
The attack on the compound involved indirect and small arms fire. After an initial penetration of the perimeter, Kenya Defense Forces and U.S. Africa Command repelled the al-Shabaab attack. Reports indicate that six contractor-operated civilian aircraft were damaged to some degree. Manda Bay Airfield is utilized by U.S. forces whose missions include providing training to our African partners, responding to crises, and protecting U.S. interests in this strategically important area.
Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack and was also responsible for the December 28 attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, claiming more than 80 lives.