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Al Shabaab strikes again following Friday attack that killed United States commando

Al Shabaab strikes again following Friday attack that killed United States commando”

His death was the first fatality of a USA service member in Africa since four soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger in October.

Four U.S. service members were also wounded in an "enemy attack" in Somalia.

The multinational force "came under mortar and small-arms fire at approximately 2:45pm Mogadishu time, killing one United States service member and injuring four U.S. service members and one partner force member", the USA military's Africa Command said.

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

President Donald Trump on Friday offered his condolences after the Somalia attack.

One member of the "partner forces" was wounded. "They are truly all HEROES".

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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. USA forces provided "advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission." the US military said.

The U.S. troops are in Somalia as part of America's counterterror operations in Africa.

The death of the US soldier in Somalia was the second in the last two years.

The US commando's death on Friday was the US military's first fatality in Africa since four soldiers were killed in ambush in Niger last October. The group was pushed out of the capital, Mogadishu, in 2011 but still controls some regions of the country. The overarching goal in Somalia for the Defense Department is to help the Somali government in providing a safe and secure environment for the Somali population, they added.

The Shabab said in a post translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors online extremist message boards, that its fighters had attacked a joint American-Somali base near Kismayo, mounting what it called a "fierce attack". Earlier Friday, the U.S. Africa Command issued a statement in response to allegations that civilians had been killed in a May 9 operation, saying a "thorough review" found the allegations to be "not credible".

Late previous year USA drone strikes also began targeting a small presence of fighters linked to the Islamic State group in Somalia's north.



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