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US Navy Seal raid in Somalia raid ‘did not get target’

October 6, 2013

A raid by US special forces in Somalia to capture a suspected al Qaida leader linked to last month’s Nairobi shopping centre attack has been aborted after a fierce firefight.

Read: Al-Shabaab: Western forces attack Somalia base [2]

A US Navy Seal team swam ashore near a town in southern Somalia before militants of the al Qaida-linked terrorist group al-Shabaab rose for prayers, US and Somali officials told The Associated Press.

A raid on a house in the town of Barawe failed to get its target, one current and one former US military official told The Associated Press.

The Pentagon confirmed that US military personnel had been involved in a counter-terrorism operation against a known al-Shabab terrorist in Somalia.