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Somali troops and members of the pro-government elements of the Ras Kamboni Brigade clashed in Kismayo. Eight people, including two Ras Kamboni fighters, were killed during the fighting.
The Ethiopian military indicated that the African Union will expand its operations beyond Jowhar and Beledweyne. The towns of Bulo Burto and Jalalaqsi, which are between the two cities, are still under Shabaab control.
Shabaab dismissed Omar Hammami, the American jihadist who claimed his life was in danger earlier this year, as a narcissist. Somali and African Union troops seized control of Kudha and Madhawa from Shabaab forces. "Gunmen" killed a military officer in Mogadishu.
Security forces in Puntland intercepted a shipment of supplies thought to be headed to Shabaab in the Galgala mountains. The defense minister cautioned troops against being undiscipiined and warned that courts would be established to prosecute offenders.
A suicide bomber killed only himself in an attack in Mogadishu. Three bystanders were wounded in the attack, which targeted a Somali and African Union convoy.
Shabaab released a statement from its emir, Sheikh Abu Zubayr, which addressed Taliban leader Mullah Omar and al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri, and praised Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. In the message, Shabaab vowed to continue its fight and said the US has been defeated.
Shabaab militants bombed a truck near Bossaso in Puntland and assaulted a military base, killing as many as 12 soldiers; over 400 Shabaab fighters are said to be holed up in the formerly peaceful region. Shabaab fighters ambushed a government convoy in Lower Shabelle, injuring four policemen. The Ahlu Sunnah militia formally joined the Somali armed forces.
Shabaab claimed it killed seven Ugandan soldiers in an ambush that targeted Somalia's interior minister in Marka. Ten Somali soldiers were killed but Minister Guled was not injured. Twenty Shabaab fighters escaped from a prison in Baidoa.