- Video of a suspected terror attack at an office complex in Nairobi, Kenya, may have captured a US Navy SEAL on a secretive mission to combat Islamic militants in Africa.
- The attack, which left at least seven dead and 25 wounded, has been claimed by the al-Shabab terror group and may have come as retaliation for Kenyan troops fighting al-Shabab in Somalia.
- The US has been waging a secretive war against terror groups in Africa, some of which may have been caught on film on Tuesday.
- The BBC reported that UK special forces were present in the attack, so it’s not certain the man was a US Navy SEAL, though he wore a patch worn by SEAL team 3.
Video of a suspected terror attack at an office building complex in Nairobi, Kenya, may have captured a US Navy SEAL on a secretive mission to combat Islamic militants in Africa.
The attack, which left 14 dead, has been claimed by the al-Shabab terror group and may have come as retaliation for Kenyan troops, who along with other forces brought together by the African Union, have been fighting the terrorist insurgency in Somalia.
Meanwhile, the US has kept secretive forces strewn across Africa. In 2017, a US Navy SEAL was killed in a battle fighting alongside Somali forces against al-Shabab in Mogadishu.
In March 2018, an ambush by militants in Niger claimed the lives of four service members.
The Pentagon has been reluctant to provide details on how exactly it supports different African nations in combating terrorist insurgencies, usually saying it’s “advising and assisting” unnamed countries.
But even in Kenya, one of Africa’s more stable countries, the US has a small presence at Camp Simba, where they train naval special forces. Kenya, like its neighbour, Somalia, has trouble with pirates and has seen some US Navy SEAL presence over the years.
Business Insider contacted three spokespeople for US Africa Command, and none of them denied the possibility that the man in question was a US Navy SEAL.
One spokesperson did confirm that US forces train “Kenyan partner forces in a variety of tactics and disciplines,” but would not comment on the exact nature or location of the training.
In the video of the Nairobi terror attack, a white man wearing a US military-style backpack with a patch that’s used by US Navy SEAL Team 3 can be seen at the 30-second mark rescuing civilians and then returning to the scene of the fighting in a state of alertness.
UK special forces responded to the attack which left one British national dead, the BBC reported.
The man in question wears civilian clothes and covers his face, a style seen worn by US and UK special forces elsewhere.
The attack is considered over, Kenyan authorities told Reuters.
Watch the video below: