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U.S. military identifies Henry J. Mayfield as American soldier killed by Al-Shabaab terrorists in Kenya Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 25, 2021

The United States Department of Defense on Monday identified the soldier killed by Al-Shabaab terrorists on Sunday when the extremist group overran a U.S. military base in Kenya, killing three Americans.

In a statement, the U.S. Department of Defense announced that Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr., 23, from Evergreen Park, Illinois who was supporting Operation Octave Shield was killed by Al-Shabaab.

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“Spc. Henry J. Mayfield Jr., 23, from Evergreen Park, Illinois, was killed Jan. 5, 2020, during an attack in Manda Bay, Kenya. The incident is under investigation,” the Department said.

It said Mayfield was assigned to 1st Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, 164th Theater Airfield Operations Group, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

The other two Americans killed were not identified.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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