Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

United States service member killed, 4 others wounded in Somalia

United States service member killed, 4 others wounded in Somalia

One of the injured USA service members was treated in the field, while the three other injured US troops and injured partner troop were medically evacuated for further treatment, according to the statement.

A US Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) came under attack today in the Bar-Sanguni area near Kismayo in Somalia.

A United States special forces soldier has been killed in an attack by suspected al-Shabab militants in south-western Somalia, officials say.

Four other US soldiers and a Somali soldier were wounded in what appears to have been an ambush near the town of Jamaame, US defence officials added.

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

The multinational force "came under mortar and small-arms fire at approximately 2:45 pm Mogadishu time (1145 GMT), killing one USA service member and injuring four United States service members and one partner force member", the U.S. military's Africa Command said in a statement.

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Three of the four wounded USA service members were evacuated to receive additional medical treatment, the military said.

"We have increased the firepower; we've increased the ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] capacity; we've increased various response times", Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of AFRICOM, told reporters on May 10. Since the Niger ambush, Special Forces teams have had their hands tied and wings clipped according to SOFREP sources who stated that they were hardly able to leave their bases anymore.

The US Special Forces team were from the 3rd Special Forces Group, whose area of responsibility is in Africa, were constructing a new forward operating base.

He said that USA forces in Africa had come under fire about 10 times during the past year. It was unclear whether all 800 US, Kenyan and Somali troops were present when the attack took place.

AFRICOM has conducted several airstrikes in Somalia recently, including a June 2 strike that killed 27 al-Shabaab militants southwest of Bosasso.

A US Department of Defense (DoD) representative confirmed to AFP that one American soldier was killed and four were wounded. The US estimates that al-Shabaab commands 4,000 to 6,000 active fighters, making it one of the terror group's largest affiliates.

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