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The AU said Kenyan jets bombed Shabaab bases in Anole and Kuday in the Lower Juba region, killing over 50 Shabaab fighters in Kuday and 30 in Anole. Airstrikes were also reported near Kulbiyo, close to the Kenya-Somalia border. The airstrikes took place after an ambush on Kenyan troops. Shabaab declared Kenya a "war zone" in a statement on June 17, in the same language used in January 2012 by "Supreme Emir" Imam Ali of the Kenya-based Muslim Youth Centre. A bomb killed a nurse and injured a doctor in Mogadishu on June 18. The government is reportedly planning to recognize a three-region state comprised of Bay, Bakool, and Lower Shabelle.
Shabaab militants arrested some 100 women in Buale, ordering them to wear the head-to-toe covering niqab or be publicly whipped. Fighting broke out in Wajid in Bakool after Shabaab militants attacked soldiers who were guarding supplies. Somalia's prime minister asked Ethiopia to provide soldiers to escort emergency aid supplies in southern Somalia, where Shabaab has been blockading towns and districts.
At least 13 Shabaab militants were killed and eight Somali and AMISOM troops were wounded in clashes near Hudur in Bakool. Sheikh Golis Mohamed Saed Atom, a former Shabaab commander in Puntland, defected on June 7; he said he had been forced to resign his Shabaab command after the arrival of a "spectacular number of Shabaab militants in Galgala through Golis hills." Both the Ogaden National Liberation Front and Shabaab spokesman Abdiazis Abu Muscab denied the Bakool governor's allegation that Shabaab coordinates operations with the ONLF against Ethiopian and AMISOM troops along the Somali-Ethiopian border.
A Shabaab court in Barawe sentenced three men to death for spying; they were then executed. A few days earlier, Shabaab executed three other alleged spies in Bulo Mare; and amputated the hand one man and flogged another in Barawe. Last week Shabaab forces raided bases near the Ethiopian border in Bakool, killing 28 vigilantes; 12 militants were killed in the clash. On May 28, the head of the Somali National Army head survived an assassination attempt in Mogadishu when his motorcade was targeted with landmines.
Two days after warning it was shifting its war to Kenya, Shabaab launched an assault on the Somali parliament in Mogadishu. At least four people have been killed in the clash, which began with a car bombing followed by an attack by gunmen in military uniforms. Shabaab spokesman Ali Hussain also threatened two days ago that the group was planning attacks on military and soft targets in Mogadishu. Shabaab reportedly decapitated a female soldier in the presence of her two daughters in Bay earlier this week.
Airstrikes by Kenyan AU-force jets targeted Shabaab in Jilib in Middle Jubba yesterday. The Somali army claimed to have killed 17 militiamen during the army's roadblock-clearing operation in Lower Shabelle in recent months.
Security forces in Baidoa arrested three suspected terrorists linked to a suicide bombing in the city on May 12 that killed 12 people and injured 20 more. The attack had targeted the convoy of the former governor of the Bay region. Shabaab militants targeted army bases in Gedo with RPGs. Shabaab awarded AK-47s and military uniforms to clan elders in Middle Jubba on May 9 for taking part in the fighting and contributing farm animals and money. Shabaab leader Mukhtar Abu al-Zubeir a.k.a. Godane issued a propaganda video blaming Christians for violence in CAR and elsewhere. Yesterday Shabaab issued a video asking Muslims in the West to come join the group or carry out 'lone wolf' attacks.