Islamic militant group al-Shabab was attacked Wednesday by foreign commandos in Awdhegele, Somalia, according to Reuters.
Awdhegele is located about 30 miles west of Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital.
Al-Shabab Spokesman Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab confirmed that the helicopter raid occurred at one of the insurgent’s military bases.
“They were masked and spoke foreign languages, which our fighters could not understand. We do not know who they were, but we foiled them,” Musab said.
At least two residents spoke to the press about the raid, including Ahmed Farah who says he witnessed the helicopters land, “We were awoken by exchange of heavy guns. We could see the helicopters land and fly.”
Awdhegele resident Abdikarim Nure spoke to the current state of the base post-attack, saying, “The fighters were patrolling the area this morning, and people are not allowed to go close to the area.”
And a local official, Mohamed Aweys, also confirmed that the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist organization sustained casualties.
“We have reports al-Shabab militants suffered casualties,” Aweys told the AFP news agency.
This is not the first time Al-Shabab has been targeted by foreign fighters.
In 2013, not too long after the Westgate Shopping Mall attack in Kenya, where 67 were killed and 175 were wounded, a group of nearly 20 U.S. navy Seals — responsible for killing Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011 — attacked an al-Shabab beach house in Barawe, south of Mogadishu, to capture senior al-Shabab commander Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir.
And while the Seals ultimately retreated after losing the element of surprise when a militant spotted their advancement, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said of the operation, “These operations in Libya and Somalia send a strong message to the world that the United States will spare no effort to hold terrorists accountable, no matter where they hide or how long they evade justice.”