‘Terror suspects tried to enter’ UK base in Kenya

Kenyan police have detained three “terrorist suspects” who tried to force their way into a British military camp, AFP news agency reports, quoting an internal police report it has seen.

Kenya’s privately owned Daily Nation newspaper says the three were arrested on Sunday evening after attempting to break into the base near Nanyuki, a market town in the centre of the country.

“They just had cameras, I think, but we are still interrogating them to find out the truth,” Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya told the newspaper.

In a statement, a British Army spokesperson said that Kenyan police were investigating “suspicious activity” near the base used by its troops for training.

“We do not believe there was a direct threat to UK personnel or assets and are liaising with the Kenyan authorities as part of their investigation,” the spokesperson added.

Islamist militant group al-Shabab carried out a dawn raid on Sunday on a military base used by US and Kenyan forces on Manda Island in Lamu County.

One US military service member and two contractors were killed in the attack, the US military said.