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Somali and African Union troops seized control of towns outside of the port city of Merca, which is under Shabaab control. Somali soldiers killed three civilians at a food distribution point in Mogadishu. Shabaab claimed it killed 14 Kenyan soldiers in Gedo.
Kenyan aircraft killed two civilians in Bardhere. Puntland forces detained dozens of fighters in Galkayo thought to be linked to Shabaab. Shabaab reportedly beheaded a woman in Awdiinle. Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a clashed with government forces in Mataban.
Anti-Shabaab militia Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a has rejected the new Somali parliament. AMISOM took control of the Mogadishu-Afgoye corridor from Somali forces due to increasing insecurity. A Somali solider opened fire on a bus in Mogadishu, killing three people.
The Transitional Federal Government has been disbanded and replaced by the New Federal Parliament of Somalia, whose members were appointed by tribal leaders. The appointment of a new president has been delayed.
Many of the 219 "criminals" pardoned by President Sharif are said to be Shabaab fighters. Sharif was the leader of the Islamic Courts Union, Shabaab's predecessor, prior to being appointed president. Senior Shabaab leader Hassan Dahir Aweys was pictured leading Eid prayers in Barawe.
The Kenyan Defense Forces claimed to have killed 73 Shabaab fighters in Fafadun; two Kenyan troops were also killed. African Union and Somali forces reportedly have launched the offensive to retake Kismayo from Shabaab. Uganda said it would send more helicopters to Somalia despite the loss of three the other day.
Shabaab claimed it killed more than 60 Kenyan soldiers after overrunning their bases during an assault in Fahfahdhun in Gedo. Shabaab also claimed to have killed 20 Ethiopian soldiers in Hudur. Neither report has been confirmed.
Kenyan aircraft and warships killed five civilians during bombardments in Kismayo and Afmadow. Two Ugandan soldiers died after three Mi-24 helicopters en route to Somalia crashed in Kenya. Shabaab claimed it killed five Kenyan soldiers in an IED attack in El Adde.