US military service member killed in action in Somalia

A US service member was killed and two others were wounded when their special operations team came under fire while on a mission advising Somali National Army forces .

The incident occurred 40 miles west of Mogadishu near the town of Barii. The wounded are currently receiving medical attention according to US defense officials.

The team’s interpreter was also wounded.

The US troops were part of an ongoing US military program to advise and assist Somali ground forces. The mission was not part of the stepped-up effort in Somalia to conduct airstrikes and ground missions against terror targets.