MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Hoping to capture a high-profile target, U.S. special forces hopped off helicopters a couple of miles from an al-Shabab-controlled town, slipped through the dark and then got into a fierce firefight that reportedly killed more than 10 Islamic extremists.
A Somali intelligence official told The Associated Press that the person they wanted to get was apparently killed during the fight.
"It was a high-profile target, and chances of capture were challenged by a stiff resistance by militants guarding the house targeted by the special forces, which forced the commando to resort to the kill or capture method," the official said. He spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press on the matter.
Another Somali intelligence official provided a similar account to AP. The exact target of the raid, if any, remains unclear.
U.S. officials said American special operations forces partnered with Somali soldiers in the raid.