USA commando killed, 4 wounded in Somalia attack

Shabab fighters march with their weapons during military exercises on the outskirts of Mogadishu Somalia. A U.S. special operations soldier was killed and four injured in an attack by al Shabab extremists

"We attacked a military base ... killed one USA soldier, two Kenyan soldiers and nine Somali soldiers from Jubbaland state".

Another U.S. service member in Somalia was killed in May 2017 during an operation about 40 miles west of Mogadishu.

The attack occurred in Jubaland, where a large force comprising about 800 Somali, Kenyan and United States troops were working to clear a large area of Al-Qaeda-aligned Al-Shabaab fighters.

A Defense Department official told CBS News the attack was by the al Shabaab terror group.

The names of the victims are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Africom's statement did not specify how many enemies or which organization carried out the attack, but reports say the al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab is suspected.

A Navy SEAL was killed in Somalia in May past year, marking the first USA military combat death there since the infamous "Black Hawk Down" events of 1993, when 18 American servicemen died in the Battle of Mogadishu.

A coalition comprised of around 800 US, Somalian, and Kenyan forces came under attack by mortar and small-arms fire at around 2:45 p.m. local time, AFRICOM said.

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Last May, a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed near the village of Dar es Salam in Somalia's Lower Shabelle region, the first U.S. casualty in the country since 1993's Black Hawk Down incident.

A U.S. Africa Command statement said the four were in the care of the U.S. Embassy medical team in neighboring Kenya.

President Donald Trump in early 2017 approved expanded military operations against al-Shabaab, leading to an increase in USA military personnel to more than 500 and the launch of dozens of drone strikes.

This was the first public announcement of a US military combat death in Africa since four USA service members were killed in a militant ambush in the West African nation of Niger in October. "We also injured four USA soldiers", Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's military operations spokesman, told Reuters on late Friday.

But U.S. military officials said this week that no decision had been made.

That prudence included steps to make sure that US forces in Niger had access to more armored vehicles, additional firepower, and more drones for surveillance and reconnaissance.

A Fort Bragg soldier was the special operations member who died in an attack in Somalia on Friday, the Pentagon said Saturday night.

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