MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The Defense Department says a 26-year-old soldier from Arizona has died from wounds suffered in Somalia.

In a statement issued in Washington, the Defense Department identified the soldier as Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad of Chandler, Arizona. The statement says he died Friday of injuries sustained from enemy indirect fire.

Conrad was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The military said earlier that four other U.S. service members were wounded in an extremist attack in Somalia.

It was the first public announcement of a U.S. military combat death in Africa since four U.S. service members were killed in a militant ambush in the West African nation of Niger in October.

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