Attack in Somalia Kills US Service Member

A military boot is seen at the scene of a suicide car bomb attack by al Shabaab in Somalia's capital Mogadishu

"The US provided advice, assistance and aerial surveillance during the mission", it said.

Still, the US has made several changes in the way its forces have been operating in Africa, the result of an investigation into an October 2017 ambush of USA special operations forces in Niger that left four Americans and four Nigeriens dead.

"This area is called Sanguni, we came here to carry out a special operation created to liberate this area that is still under the control of al-Shabab fighters", Lt. Col. Abdi Ibrahim with the Somali armed forces said Friday.

A Defense Department official told CBS News the attack was by the al Shabaab terror group.

The names of the soldiers have not been released while the US notifies next of kin.

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

A coalition comprised of around 800 US, Somalian, and Kenyan forces came under attack by mortar and small-arms fire at around 2:45 p.m. local time, AFRICOM said.

Another U.S. servicemember in Somalia was killed in May 2017 during an operation about 40 miles west of Mogadishu.

- The U.S. soldier who was killed during an ambush attack in Somalia on Friday has been identified as an eight-year Army veteran from Arizona who had previously served in Afghanistan. "We also injured four USA soldiers", Abdiasis Abu Musab said.

"One of the wounded U.S service members received sufficient medical care in the field. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the service members".

But U.S. military officials said this week that no decision had been made.

"Our strategy in East Africa is to build partner capacity to ensure that violent extremist organizations, who wish harm in the region, wish harm on the European continent, and ultimately wish to harm the United States, are contained", General Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, said in a statement Saturday.

Whether U.S. forces in other parts of Africa have been asked to take similar precautions is not clear.

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