Somali commandos backed by U.S. and KDF forces have launched a raid on Al Shabaab camp near the southern port city of Kismayo on Wednesday.

Confirming the attack, a witness who did not want to be named said the joint forces raided Abdalla Boroole, an Al Shabaab base, 40Km west of Kismayo city.

The raid took place early on Wednesday, when a contingent of elite American troops accompanied Somali forces in an assault on Al Shabab camp in the area.

A member of Somalia’s Danab unit was wounded in the attack. Al Shabaab claimed it killed several KDF and an American soldier were killed in the gunfight.

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Twin suicide bombs claimed by al Shabaab kill 20 people in Somalia

More than 20 people were killed on Sunday when suicide bombers from the militant al Shabaab group detonated two car bombs at a local government headquarters in Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region, witnesses and officials said.

Residents of the town of Galkayo in north central Somalia said they heard two loud blasts in quick succession followed by heavy gunfire.

“There were two huge bombs. The first one was a truck bomb, followed a minute or so (later) by another car bomb. My brother was injured at the scene,” Halima Ismail, a local resident, told Reuters.