Staff Sgt. Alexander Conrad, 26, was killed in firefight on Friday near Jamaame
Four other U.S. soldiers and a Somali soldier were wounded in the attack
Joint US-Somali outpost came under attack by suspected Al-Shabaab fighters
Trump acknowledged the casualties in a tweet calling them ‘truly all HEROES’
Some 500 US troops are stationed in Somalia assisting with counter-terrorism
Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad has been identified as the American special operations soldier who was killed in an attack in Somalia that also left four other US military personnel and one Somali soldier wounded.
The Pentagon released a statement on Saturday saying that Conrad, a native of Chandler, Arizona, died while serving in Somalia as part of U.S. efforts to defeat jihadist groups like Al-Qaeda.
Conrad was a member of the 3rd Special Forces Group which is based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The attack by suspected Al-Shabaab militants occurred on Friday in Somalia’s southern Jubaland province, where a small joint US-Somali outpost came under small arms and mortar fire, US defense officials said.
President Donald Trump paid tribute to Conrad and his wounded comrades in a tweet saying ‘They are truly all HEROES’.
Al-Shabaab, Al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia, boasted of mounting a ‘fierce attack’ resulting in the casualties on the outskirts of the town of Kismayo, according to a transmission intercepted by the SITE Intelligence Group.
US officials were unable to immediately confirm who carried out the attack.
The American forces were reportedly fighting with air cover from an armed surveillance drone.