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Shabaab claimed it killed 13 Kenyan soldiers in an attack on an airbase in Kismayo. Ethiopian troops have withdrawn from bases in Baidoa and turned over security to African Union forces. The Kenyan government denied a UN report that claimed Kenyan troops exported charcoal from Kismayo despite a UNSC ban.
A Shabaab suicide car bomb killed at least three civilians when it exploded after targeting a convoy of African Union peacekeepers near the UN Development Programme base in Mogadishu. The blast destroyed nearby shops and damaged an AU vehicle. In a separate attack, insurgents threw a grenade into a downtown hotel, killing two people and injuring at least 10. Shabaab also claimed it placed a bomb under an AU fuel tanker north of Mogadishu.
A government official claimed that senior Shabaab leader Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansour is negotiating with the administration in Bakool after clashes there killed seven. Shabaab claimed it killed four Ugandan soldiers and that government troops are defecting.
The World Health Organization said that 71 people have been killed and more than 300 more have been wounded during recent fighting in Kismayo. Colonel Bare Hirale said he will retake Kismayo by force.
The government jailed Hassan Dahir Aweys and several tribal leaders after they flew to Mogadishu. Kenyan troops in Kismayo reportedly backed the Ras Kamboni militia in its fight against another militia led by Colonel Bare Hirale.
Shabaab fighters claimed to have killed two of their senior commanders: Abul Hamid Hashi Olhayi, a co-founder of the group; and Ibrahim Haji Jama Mead, a.k.a. al Afghani, who is wanted by the US. Top Shabaab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane allegedly ordered the arrest of al Afghani and a number of other commanders earlier this month. Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, another senior Shabaab leader who is wanted by the US, fled the infighting and was flown to Mogadishu; it is unclear whether he surrendered or defected. The government is willing to discuss options with Aweys if he renounces violence.
Senior Shabaab leader Hassan Dahir Aweys was reportedly captured by pirates in Barawe. Another report indicates he will surrender to government officials and reconcile. Shabaab claimed it killed "14 enemy invaders and 23 apostate militia."
Shabaab claimed it killed five "invaders from Sierra Leon" during an ambush on a convoy near Dhobley. Shabaab also claimed it killed five "apostates" in an attack on a base outside of Baidoa. The reports have not been confirmed.
Somali soldiers and a militia clashed in Kismayo; 14 fighters from both sides are reported to have been killed. Shabaab's administrator for Bula Barde is said to have died after being wounded during fighting in the region.