THE US military has confirmed that one soldier is dead and four others are wounded after an “enemy attack” by jihadi militants in Somalia, according to a US military statement.
A US Africa Commander said US troops with Somalian and Kenyan forces came under mortar and small-arms fire in Jubaland, Somalia on Friday.
The statement does not identify the attackers but says a larger force of Somalian and Kenyan troops were in an operation against al-Shabab.
Local al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.
It comes one day after al-Shabaab overwhelmed the Somali National Army's base by the city of Baidoa, the capital of the Southwestern Bay region of Somalia.
A US Department of Defence (DoD) representative said one US solider was killed.
One member of the “partner forces” was wounded along with four other US troops.
The attack marks the first known combat death of a US service member in African since the October 4 ambush of US and Nigerian forces which killed four US troops and five Nigerians.