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The coalition force was conducting a "multi-day operation" to clear al-Shabaab, an Islamist militant group, from nearby villages.
Though a military spokeswoman didn't say why the incident wasn't previously disclosed, a congressional aide said lawmakers were aware of the firefight.
The Twitter account that posted the images said the images were obtained from an ISIS affiliate.
Following the deaths of four US soldiers in Niger earlier in October, several questions remain unanswered, spurring lawmakers to press the White House.
China is building a new base in Africa that creates ‘significant operational security’ issues for the US military
Beijing will soon open a "logistical support" base not far from an important US facility in Djibouti, on the East African coast.