A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed Thursday fighting terror group Al Shabab — Al Qaeda’s third-largest affiliate — in Somalia, U.S. officials told Fox News.
It appeared to be the first combat death of a U.S. service member in Somalia since 1993, U.S. Africa Command spokesman Patrick Barnes said.
Two other SEALs and an interpreter were wounded in the gunfight in Somalia, Fox News has learned; however, the Pentagon would not disclose the extent of the injuries due to privacy concerns.
“U.S. forces were conducting an advise and assist mission alongside members of the Somali National Army” near Bari, about 40 miles west of Mogadishu, according to a statement from U.S. Africa Command. The mission involved the use of U.S. helicopters and a Navy SEAL assault force partnered with Somalis.
“This was their mission,” said Pentagon spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis, referring to the Somali troops.