Sol­dier killed, 4 hurt in So­ma­lia com­bat

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - WEATHER DESK -

A U.S. spe­cial op­er­a­tions sol­dier was killed in So­ma­lia on Fri­day and four other U.S. ser­vice mem­bers were wounded, mark­ing the first time an Amer­i­can has died in ac­tion in Africa since four U.S. sol­diers were killed in an am­bush in Niger late last year.

The Amer­i­cans were con­duct­ing an op­er­a­tion against the al-Qaidalinked ex­trem­ist group al-Shabab along­side part­ner forces from So­ma­lia and Kenya when they came un­der en­emy mor­tar and small-arms fire, the U.S. Africa Com­mand said.

The four wounded ser­vice mem­bers were re­leased from med­i­cal care on Satur­day.

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