US soldier killed, 4 wounded in attack in Somalia

10 June, 2018, 08:46 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • Al-Shabaab fighters display weopons as they conduct military exercises in northern Mogadishu Somalia

Per U.S. military policy, the soldier's name will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

U.S. Africa Command said in a statement that U.S. troops with Somalian and Kenyan forces came under mortar and small-arms fire Friday in Jubaland, Somalia, at around 2.45 p.m. local time.

Al-Shabab militants launched a deadly attack on USA and Somali forces Friday, hitting them with explosives and heavy gunfire.

A local service member also died, defense officials said.

A large force consisting of about 800 SNSF and KDF service members was conducting a multiday operation nearly 220 miles southwest of Mogadishu when the attack occurred.

Four U.S. service members were killed in a militant ambush in the west African nation of Niger in October.

The coalition force was conducting a "multi-day operation" to clear al-Shabaab, an Islamist militant group, from nearby villages.

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Al-Shabaab, Al Qaeda's branch in Somalia, boasted of mounting a "fierce attack" resulting in the casualties on the outskirts of the town of Kismayo, according to a transmission intercepted by the SITE Intelligence Group.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia [sic]".

President Donald Trump called the soldiers heroes Friday night. Three of the wounded US service members and the one local fighter who was wounded in the attack were medically evacuated, the Pentagon said.

On Monday, The New York Times reported that a sweeping Pentagon review of elite USA commando missions is likely to result in a sharp cut - by as much as half over the next three years - in Special Operations forces in Africa. The mission's objectives were to clear al-Shabab terrorists from contested areas, liberate villages from al-Shabab control, and establish a permanent combat outpost created to increase the span of Federal Government of Somalia security and governance, officials said.

It follows the death of four USA soldiers in Niger last October in an ambush attack that raised questions about the continuing role of American forces in Africa.

This is the second United States military member to be killed in Somalia since the 1993 Black Hawk down incident that resulted in the deaths of 18 American soldiers.

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