The Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist group Al-Shabab claimed victory over a gun battle with Somali and American troops in Southern Somalia, AX reports.
The group stated on Tuesday that one U.S. army officer was killed and two others had been injured in what it termed a “botched raid” in Daru-Salam area, about 60km southwest of Mogadishu.
A resident, who requested to stay anonymous, informed Jourlaist that U.S. and Somali particular forces using helicopters swooped into the neighborhood, before engaging in a heavy gunfight with the militants.
The operation which occurred on Monday night time additionally claimed the lives of six U.S.-trained Somali troopers from Bancroft, in accordance with Al-Shabab assertion posted on its media outlets.
There have been no unbiased sources confirming Al-Shabab’s declare as Somali army and the U.S. Africa Command, which oversees operations within the continent are but to touch upon the raid.
Last 12 months, a U.S. serviceman was killed throughout a covert operation on Al-Shabab in Bariire area in Lower Shabelle area, where has been the hotspot of drone strikes up to now few years.
AFRICOM makes use of Balli-Doogle airbase within the southern area to launch airstrikes concentrating on Al-Shabab bastions and hunt the group’s key leaders as a part of the U.S. struggle towards terrorism.
The U.S. has additionally carried out a wave of airstrikes, which led to the killing of many extremists and leaders, together with its former chief, Ahmed Abdi Godane, who died in September 2014 raid.
In March 2017, American President Donald Trump shortly after taking the workplace has authorised a Pentagon plan to escalate army operations towards al-Shabab and the ISIL-linked Islamists.
Islamist militant group al-Shabab is battling the UN-backed authorities in Somalia and has carried out a string of assaults throughout the area.
The group, which is allied to al-Qaeda, has been pushed out of a lot of the principal cities it once managed since 2011, but it surely stays a potent menace.