Pentagon: al Shabaab attackers 'neutralized' in clash that led to US death

May 5, 2017 19:27
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WASHINGTON, May 5 - Al Shabaab militant attackers were "quickly neutralized" amid a clash in Somalia that led to one US service member's death, the first US combat death in that country since the early 1990s, the Pentagon told reporters in a briefing on Friday.

"The objective (of the operation) was a compound and a group of people in that compound who were associated with attacks against US, Somalia and Amisom forces," said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis, referring to African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) peacekeepers.

US military officials announced the death earlier on Friday and also confirmed two US forces were wounded.

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