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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.
Shabaab killed five civilians in Johwar; the group claimed it killed seven "apostates" in the town. Shabaab also claimed it killed 10 Sierra Leon troops near Dhobley. Security forces captured Shabaab commander Abdikafi Mohamed Ali in Puntland; one soldier was killed during the raid..
Ten people are thought to have been killed during clashes between Shabaab and African Union forces in Lower Shabelle. Security forces imposed a curfew and rounded up Shabaab suspects in Jowhar. Troops from Sierra Leone arrived in Mogadishu.
Shabaab forces attacked an Ethiopian and Somali base in El Berde, the only town in Bakool under government control. Shabaab claimed to have killed six Ugandan troops in Balidogle. A senior government official was gunned down in the former Shabaab stronghold of Jowhar.