Navy SEALs Raid Somali Town

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. official tells The Associated Press that Navy SEALs have raided a Somali coastal town looking for an al-Qaida suspect in connection with the Nairobi shopping mall attack, but did not get their target.

Two U.S. officials who discussed the raid spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be identified.

One of the officials describes the raid as a capture operation against a high-value target. That official says U.S. forces engaged al-Shabab militants and inflicted some casualties, but that no U.S. service members were harmed.

In Somalia, officials say international military forces carried out a pre-dawn strike in the town of Barawe.

The strike comes two weeks after al-Shabab militants killed at least 67 people at Nairobi's Westgate Mall.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. military official tells The Associated Press that Navy SEALs have raided a Somali coastal town looking for a specific al-Qaida suspect in connection with the Nairobi shopping mall attack, but did not get their target.

A former U.S. military official also confirms the raid by the SEALs, but no other details have been provided. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the raid by name. The Pentagon declined comment.

In Somalia, officials say international military forces carried out a pre-dawn strike Saturday against foreign fighters in the town of Barawe. Official say the strike was aimed at "high-profile" targets.

The strike comes two weeks after al-Shabab militants attacked Nairobi's Westgate Mall. The four-day terrorist assault killed at least 67 people.


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