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United States soldier killed in suspected al Shabab attack in Somalia

United States soldier killed in suspected al Shabab attack in Somalia

"We also injured four USA soldiers", Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters on late Friday.

USA troops with Somali and Kenyan forces came under mortar and small-arms fire and one "partner force member" also was wounded in the attack about 350 kilometers (217 miles) southwest of the capital, Mogadishu, the us military said.

Enemy forces used mortars and small-arms fire to attack the US-Somali-Kenyan coalition force.

An American special operations soldier has been killed in an attack in Somalia that also wounded four other U.S. military personnel and one Somali soldier.

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

The mission's objectives were to "clear Shabaab from contested areas, liberate villages from Shabaab control and establish a permanent combat outpost created to increase the span of federal government of Somalia security and governance", Africa Command said.

The U.S. has about 500 troops in Somalia, mostly in Special Operations.

The New York Times reports that al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

US President Donald Trump offered his condolences via Twitter.

The Pentagon has offered little else about the incident, but did say that of the four wounded United States soldiers, one was treated sufficiently in the field, while the other three had to be medically evacuated. Officials worry the extremist group is in the midst of a resurgence after losing much of the territory it once held in Somalia and many of its fighters in the past several years.

"The mission's objectives were to clear al-Shabaab from contested areas, liberate villages from al-Shabaab control, and establish a permanent combat outpost created to increase the span of Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) security and governance", said the Africom statement.

The names of victims will not be released until the families have been notified.

Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, who heads U.S. Africa Command, said at a Pentagon press conference that he had taken steps to better ensure the safety of U.S. service members in future operations.

More than 7,300 Special Operations troops are working around the world, many of them conducting shadow wars against terrorists in Yemen, Libya, Somalia and other hot spots.

It was also a 3rd Special Forces Group team which was hit in Niger past year, an ambush which killed four American soldiers and led to a massive investigation by the Pentagon.


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