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The Kenyan military claimed it has seized control of the port city of Kismayo, the last major stronghold for Shabaab. The Kenyans launched an amphibious assault on the beach. Shabaab has denied that Kismayo has fallen.
Another journalist was gunned down in Mogadishu; five journalists have been killed in the capital this month. Shabaab plans on infiltrating Somali security forces. The government paraded dozens of captured Shabaab fighters.
Kenyan strike aircraft hit the airport in Kismayo; a Shabaab weapons depot was reportedly destroyed. The spokesman for Hizbul Islam claimed the group has ended its alliance with Shabaab, and described Shabaab as "weakened." One person was killed in an IED attack in Beledweyne.
Kenyan soldiers reportedly executed nine Somalis in Jana Cabdalla. The Kenyan military spokesman said six Somalis were killed while approaching a checkpoint in the town, and an investigation has begun.
A Kenyan military officer said that more than 50 Shabaab fighters were killed during clashes in Jana Cabdalla, a town just 25 miles from Kismayo. The town is now under the control of Somali and Kenyan forces.
Shabaab has sent hundreds of fighters to reinforce positions in Kismayo in anticipation of the combined African Union and Somali assault. AMISOM urged Shabaab fighters in Kismayo to lay down their weapons. A police force from Nigeria has deployed in Mogadishu.
"Gunmen" killed a journalist and a civilian in separate attacks in Mogadishu. Shabaab denied that its forces have fled Kismayo, and said "the Islamic administration in Kismayo is going about its business as usual."