U.S. soldier killed in Somalia firefight identified

U.S. soldier killed in Somalia firefight identified

Military officials said that as a result, they ordered US forces in Africa to try to avoid any missions likely to involve direct combat.

The incident is the first known death of a US servicemen in Africa since the ambush in Niger last October.

"Three U.S. service members and the one partner force wounded were medically evacuated to receive additional treatment", Africom said in a statement issued on Friday night.

A US Defense official confirmed to media that four American soldiers were injured in the attack.

The U.S. said a Somali soldier was among the wounded, though witnesses said two Somali soldiers were killed.

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.

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

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The attack occurred at an outpost 60 miles northwest of Kismayo of combined American, Somali and Kenyan forces.

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

The Somali government is dedicated to restoring peace and stability to the Somali people, and the USA supports those efforts, Africom officials said in the statement, noting that this mission was specifically created to increase the government's ability to provide vital services to innocent civilians living under al-Shabab's rule.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families of our serviceman who was killed and his fellow servicemen who were wounded in Somolia". The U.S. military said its personnel had provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission.

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

Friday's attack in Jubaland is likely to put renewed scrutiny on America's counterterror operations in Africa.

"The population in the region had historically supported the government, and other Somali forces had prepared for this mission by coordinating heavily with and securing the support of local authorities ahead of time", the statement said.

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