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One U.S. special operations soldier killed, four wounded in Somalia

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One American special operations soldier was killed and four wounded in Somalia earlier Friday when they and Somali and Kenyan allies were attacked with mortar and small-arms fire while clearing a contested area of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group, U. service members and the one partner force wounded were medically evacuated to receive additional treatment," the command said in a statement.

The American forces were operating alongside some 800 members of the Somali National Security Forces and Kenyan Defense Force when the attack took place about 350 kilometers southwest of the capital of Mogadishu, the statement said.

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