The target of the SEAL Team Six raid was Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, also known as Ahmed Godane, who claimed responsibility for last month’s Nairobi shopping mall massacre.
A pre-dawn raid took place at a house in the southern town of Barawa. The SEALs engaged after swimming ashore before the al Qaeda-linked militants rose for morning prayers.
Reinforcements arrived at the house and Seal Team Six encountered fiercer resistance than expected.
After a 15 to 20-minute firefight, the unit leader decided to abort the mission and they swam away.