Somali troops backed by US Special Forces have attacked an al-Shabab-held town in southern Somalia.
The attack took place early on Tuesday morning, March 12th in the town of Daru Salaam in Lower Shabelle province.
The Somali and US forces landed in Daru Salaam using military helicopters after which direct confrontation, accompanied by airstrikes, ensued.
So far there are no reported casualty figures, but al-Shabab claimed to have thwarted the attacked and killed a US soldier. Local media reported two civilians were injured in the airstrikes.
"The mujahideen killed a senior US military official who was commanding an assault on the town of Daru Salaam, and injured two other soldiers," an al-Shabab statement said.
The US has hundreds of military advisers in Somalia helping the government there defeat al-Shabab militants, assisted by the African Union mission. Since the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, the US has stepped up drone attacks in Somalia, targeting al-Shabab members and its leadership.