UPDATE: US soldier killed in Somalia attack
MOGADISHU – Somali army forces, along with U.S. Special Forces came under attack on Friday near the coastal town of Kismayo, leaving three soldiers dead.
The attack happened in Bar-Sanguni area, some 50km away from Kismayo town, after heavily armed Al Shabaab fighters ambushed military convoy carrying Somalia, US especial forces.
The US Africom command has confirmed that one its especial soldiers and 2 other Somali troops had been killed in the attack by Al Shabaab.
Four other US service members were also wounded when the team came under attack by mortars and small arms from Al Shabaab group in Somalia.
A large force consisting of approximately 800 forces from the SNSF and KDF were conducting a multi-day operation approximately 350 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu when the attack occurred, according to US military.
The mission’s objectives were to clear al-Shabaab from contested areas, liberate villages from al-Shabaab control, and establish a permanent combat outpost designed to increase the span of Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) security and governance.
The U.S. provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission, according to the military.
The Somalia is dedicated to restoring peace and stability to the Somali people, and the U.S. supports those efforts. This mission was specifically designed to increase the FGS’s ability to provide vital government services to innocent civilians living under al-Shabaab’s rule.
The US military says the population in the region had historically supported the government, and the Somali forces had prepared for this mission by coordinating heavily with and securing the support of local authorities ahead of time
The attack in Somalia comes as a challenging time for Special Operations Forces on the African continent since Niger ambush attack.
The Pentagon has since been looking at both curtailing operations in Africa as well as reducing the number of personnel deployed there.
By Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare from Mogadishu, Somalia