US soldier killed, two wounded in fight with Shabaab in Somalia

Author : Mircea Birca | Friday, May 5, 2017
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An American soldier was shot dead and two others wounded in Somalia during a joint operation with Somali forces against Shabaab militants, the US military said on Friday.

“On May 4, one US service member was killed during an operation against al-Shabaab near Barii, Somalia, approximately 40 miles west of Mogadishu,” said a statement from the US Africa Command (Africom), adding the US forces were “conducting an advise and assist mission alongside members of the Somali National Army.”

Africom spokesperson Robyn Mack told AFP two US soldiers were also wounded.

“The service member was struck by small arms fire while conducting an advise and assist mission alongside members of the Somalia National Army. Two other US service members were wounded in the incident. They are both receiving proper medical attention,” she said.

US special forces have been deployed in Somalia for years, training and supporting the Somali military in the fight against the al-Qaeda aligned Shabaab. Drone and missile strikes have also been used against Shabaab commanders and footsoldiers.

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