A United States Navy SEAL team took a senior leader of the al Shabaab militant group in one of the seaside villas in Somalia, according to a Yahoo! News report on Saturday. The expedition was reportedly due to the deadly attack at a Nairobi shopping mall in September.
Just before daybreak, the Navy SEALs seized the yet-to-be-identified target in a firefight in the town of Barawe, Somalia. An unnamed official source with United States security said that the raid was in the makings and planning for the past week-and-a-half. The source claimed that the entire act was prompted by the Westgate Mall attack – the Nairobi shopping mall – which occurred two weeks ago and involved the killings of 67 persons.
The report asserts that the firefight took more than one hour and involved helicopters being used for air support during the attack and seize. During the battle, one al Shabaab fighter was killed in the exchange of guns being fired.
At this point, it is unknown as to whether the SEAL personnel’s target was taken dead or alive.
The Somali government has confirmed the attack and says that it was carried out by American forces. The Somali government was informed about the attack before it was executed.
There were reports that British and Turkish forces were involved with the attack as well, but both country’s Minister’s have said they were either unaware of involvement by their troops or denied involvement by their forces.
A Somali official is claiming that a Chechen commander was the target of the attack. The official claims that the commander was wounded and his guard was killed. At last report, it is being reported that a total of seven people were killed in the attack.