Normal Operations Resume at Lamu’s Manda Airport

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has allowed the resumption of normal operations at Manda Airport in Lamu County, which had been closed on Sunday morning following an attack by Al-Shabaab terrorists.

In a press statement issued on Sunday, KCAA Director-General Gilbert Kibe said normal operations had resumed. 

“KCAA wishes to notify aviation stakeholders and the public that after the early morning incident in Lamu County, the temporary closure of Lamu Civilian Airstrip operated by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has been lifted for normal operations to resume,” Kibe said. 

All passenger flights to Lamu had been cancelled.

The airstrip is just next to the Camp Simba naval base that hosts US and Kenyan military troops. KDF said terrorists mounted a 5:30am attack. 

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Department of Defence spokesman Paul Njuguna said KDF had repulsed Al-Shabaab insurgents who had tried to seize Manda Airport, killing four terrorists. Five people were arrested in connection to the attack and are being interrogated. 

The attack comes just days after the terrorists hijacked a Mombasa Raha bus at Nyongoro in Lamu County, killing three people and  seriously injuring three others. 

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