Update (1021 EST): Al-Shabaab has maintained their claims that they caused 12 casualties amongst U.S. and Somali personnel in their bombing despite USAFRICOM statements that there were not casualties.
At approximately 0233 EST, reports began to emerge from pro-Shabaab sources that a U.S. convoy had been struck by an IED on the outskirts of Kismayo, Somalia. By 0300 EST, rerrorist sources claimed that several U.S. servicemembers were injured or killed. They also claimed that three emergency vehicles transported casualties from the site to local hospitals.
However, at 0625 EST, USAFRICOM told press that no U.S. service members were injured in the blast.
The US military in Africa @USAfricaCommand reported that a military convoy with both U.S. and partner (Somali) forces struck an
IED near Kismayo, Thursday morning.
Spokesperson for @USAfricaCommand Kelly Cahalan said there were no U.S. or partner force casualties.
— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) July 6, 2023