A U.S. service member was injured Monday in Somalia after being targeted in a car bomb and mortar fire attack carried out by al-Shabab militants, the Air Force says.
“The U.S. service member is in stable condition and receiving treatment for injuries that are not assessed to be life-threatening,” Air Force Col. Chris Karns, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command, said in a statement to Fox News.
Karns said the U.S. and Somali troops were “conducting an advise, assist and accompany mission when al-Shabab attacked using a vehicle employed as an improvised explosive device and [with] mortar fire.”
Al-Shabab, which is linked to Al Qaeda, has fought for years to impose a strict version of Islam in Somalia while also launching attacks in neighboring countries like Kenya, where it killed a U.S. service member and two American contractors for the Pentagon in January.
Karns told Fox News that “continued pressure is being placed on this Al Qaeda-affiliated threat to limit its ability to expand and export violence, terrorism, and crime more broadly.”