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MOGADISHU, Somalia- The United States vowed to deepen its partnership with Somalia, to stabilise the country, despite the death of its military service member, in the Horn of Africa nation, on Friday.

U.S. Ambassador to Somalia, Stephen Michael Schwartz, who extended heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of the victim, cited the strong relationship Washington has with Mogadishu.

"This tragedy is a testament to the commitment and sacrifice of our U.S. military colleagues, who work closely with their Somali and other African counterparts every day, to end the destruction inflicted upon the Somali people by Al-Shabaab," Schwartz said, in a statement issued in Mogadishu.

The envoy said, the service member died heroically supporting an operation against the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab, that has terrorised the people of Somalia and East Africa for many years, and threatened American interests.

"The U.S. has a strong relationship with the government and people of Somalia and looks forward to deepening this partnership, to restore peace and prosperity in the country," he said

The victim, a member of the Navy SEAL was killed, and two other American service members were wounded, in a raid in Somalia on Friday, the first American combat fatality there since the 1993 "Black Hawk Down" battle with Somali fighters.

The U.S. Africa Command, responsible for all American military operations on the continent, said, the forces came under attack during an advise-and-assist mission, alongside members of the Somali National Army.

The U.S. Special Forces and Somali security forces have been conducting joint operations for more than a year, as part of American effort to help the Somali government combat insurgents, who have increased attacks against the Western-backed government.-- NNN-XINHUA

Source: NAM News Network