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A man wielding a knife in an alleged attack on the United States embassy in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday was reportedly shot and killed after he tried to stab a guard near one of the entrances, NTV Kenya reports.
The man’s identity is presently unknown, but bystanders posted pictures of his body after he killed to social media.
His motive for the alleged attack is also unknown, but the embassy confirmed the attack on Twitter and said no personnel was hurt during the attack.
Confirmed: Shooting incident near the Embassy. No Embassy personnel were involved. We refer you 2 Kenyan authorities 4 further details.
— U.S. Embassy Nairobi (@USEmbassyKenya) October 27, 2016
The man reportedly tried to stab a General Service Unit officer, which is part of Kenya’s National Police Service. He grabbed an officer near the visa section of the embassy and after a confrontation removed a dagger from his pants and stabbed the officer in the head and chest, The Star, Kenya reports.
No other reports alleging the officer was injured have surfaced.
A local news report says the man is a suspected Al-Shabab militant and that he is originally from neighboring Somalia, according to Kenyans.co.ke. However, that report has yet to be confirmed.
Al Shabaab, originally formed in 2006 as a jihadi extremist group and based in East Africa, pledged its support to Al-Qaeda in 2012.
On Tuesday, the group claimed responsibility for an attack on a guesthouse that was hosting a theatre group in Mandera, Kenya that resulted in 12 deaths, BBC News reported, and two other attacks were also carried out with one exploding a truck near an African Union military base. It’s believed the militants also used explosives to enter the guesthouse and that the victims were mostly university students, according to Quartz. Al-Shabaab also claimed that 15 people were killed, not 12.
BBC also reported that a number of attacks have taken place in Mandera and they have mostly targeted Christians.
An embassy spokesperson condemned the attacks in a statement and said the U.S. still “stands” with the Kenya and Somalia people.
Al Shabaab is also the same terror group that carried out the attack on Garissa University, in Nairobi and roughly 90 miles away from the Somali border, that resulted in 147 deaths and 79 others injured in April last year. In September 2013, the group was responsible for the death of 67 people in the Westgate shopping mall mass shooting.
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