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AFRICOM confirms one U.S. service member injured in an attack by Al-Shabaab

Mogadishu (SD) – The U.S. African military base AFRICOM has issued a statement on an attack at a military base in Jannaay Abdalle, about 60km outside of Kismayo.

Al Shabab has reportedly attacked the base with a car bomb on Monday.

US AFRICOM Director Colonel Chris Karns confirmed the Jannaay Abdalle attack caused the injury one of their soldier, the soldier was a trainer and an advisor at the base.

“One U.S. service member was injured in an attack by Al-Shabaab this morning in the vicinity of Jannaay Abdalle, Somalia. U.S. and Somali forces were conducting an advise, assist and accompany mission when Al-Shabaab attacked using a vehicle employed as an improvised explosive device and mortar fire,” Col. Chris Karns, director of US Africa Command Public Affairs, said in a statement.

Colonel Karns added “Al-Shabaab remains a dangerous enemy. Continued pressure is being placed on this Al Qaeda-affiliated threat to limit its ability to expand and export violence, terrorism, and crime more broadly.”

Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack, adding that it killed four American soldiers and wounded several others.

A statement from the United States said the US service member was being treated and was in stable condition.

AFRICOM reportedly has about six hundred service personnel in Somalia, primarily as advisors and trainers.

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