US special operations soldier killed, 4 wounded in battle against Muslim terrorists in Somalia
An American special operations soldier was killed and four U.S. service members were wounded Friday in a gun battle against al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia, said a U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The incident is the first known death of a US servicemen in Africa since the ambush in Niger last October.
One member of the “partner forces” was also wounded.
The attack occurred at an outpost 60 miles northwest of Kismayo of combined American, Somali and Kenyan forces. Approximately 800 troops from the Somali and Kenyan forces, assisted by U.S. soldiers, were conducting a multi-day operation to root out al Shabaab terrorists and establish a permanent combat outpost.
The names of the victims are being withheld pending next of kin notification.
Al Shabaab terror group, an affiliate of al Qaeda, is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s central government and establish its own rule based on its interpretation of Islamic law.
The Trump administration has expanded military operations against terrorists in Somalia, including al Shabaab.