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A Shabaab suicide car bomber rammed the gates of a building that houses Turkish Embassy staff in Mogadishu, killing three Somali civilians as well as the bomber, and wounding nine other people. A ceasefire was declared in Lower Shabelle yesterday following clashes between government troops belonging to the Bimayal clan and those belonging to the Habar Gedir clan. A recent UN report said the Afgoye/Marka area of Lower Shabelle has been "heavily infiltrated by Shabaab." The area is controlled by the Army's 3rd Brigade, which is drawn mainly from the Hawiye/Habar Gedir/Ayr clan and has been accused of setting up illegal checkpoints and harassing civilians.
One person was killed in a car bombing that targeted a politician in Mogadishu. The government executed two Shabaab fighters convicted of assassinating the Mufti of Puntland. Shabaab continues to claim it assassinated the CIA's chief of operations in East Africa.
Eleven people have died from polio in the Hiran region; 71 cases of the deadly disease have been reported in Somalia. Security forces arrested a suspected Shabaab fighter who is accused of planting an IED that killed five people in Kismayo.
Ethiopia is withdrawing troops from the former Shabaab stronghold of Baidoa and will redeploy them to other areas where the al Qaeda-linked militants maintain a greater presence. Some 8,000 Ethiopian troops with the AMISOM force are currently in the country. The UN recently accused Eritrea of continuing to support Shabaab by paying for Islamists to influence the Mogadishu government.
Shabaab killed an Africa Union soldier and a civilian in an IED attack in Kismayo. The deputy mayor of BaIdoa was seriously wounded after government forces clashed in the city. Ethiopian forces withdrew from Baidoa just two days ago.
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 Ethiopian troops have withdrawn from bases in Baidoa and turned over security to African Union forces.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.