A U.S. service member has been killed and four others injured in Somalia, according to multiple reports.
The Special Operations soldiers came under attack Friday at a small outpost near the town of Jamaame in southwest Somalia, according to the reports citing unnamed Defense Department officials.
A spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (Africom) did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
The death is the first U.S. combat death in Africa since last year’s ambush in Niger left four U.S. soldiers dead.
That incident caused a firestorm in Washington as lawmakers demanded answers on the operation and the larger U.S. mission in Africa. An investigation into the Niger ambush concluded last month that it resulted from multiple failures.