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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."

The Kenyan Defense Forces took control of Bibi, a town about 60 miles from Kismayo. A Somali military commander claimed Shabaab has been defeated in southern Somalia.

Kenyan and Somali troops are battling Shabaab in the village of Birta-dheer near Kismayo; heavy fighting has been reported. Shabaab detonated two IEDs against Somali forces in Afgoya.

Four Somalis were killed in an IED attack in Mogadishu. An outbreak of unknown origin killed 12 people in Hosingow near Kismayo.

Shabaab sent three suicide bombers to assassinate the new president and Kenya's foreign minister at a press conference at a hotel in Mogadishu. Seven people were killed in the failed attack. African Union and Somali troops claimed to have killed more than 100 Shabaab fighters in Miido.

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Somalia's parliament elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a member of the Hawiye clan, as the new president. Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Ali Mahmud Rage said the election was illegitimate and called on Somalis "to continue supporting Jihad and the Mujahideen."

AMISOM claimed that more than 200 Shabaab fighters in Kismayo, Bibi, Soya, and Jana Cabdalla surrendered. Some reportedly wanted to fight alongside AMISOM forces but officials said they "cannot be trusted."

In Death, Cleric Stokes Tensions in Kenya

Security forces detained 50 Shabaab fighters and supporters in Afgoye. Shabaab targeted Somali troops in an IED attack in Beledweyne; casualties have not been disclosed.

African Union forces secured the port of Elma'an. Kenyan troops killed a Shabaab commander and seven fighters in Jiliib. Shabaab killed one person in a grenade attack in Baidoa.

Shabaab claimed it killed seven Ugandan troops in two IED attacks in the Daynille district in Mogadishu. Gunmen killed two people in an attack on a bus in Burhakaba. Security forces detained 323 people while searching for Shabaab fighters in Mogadishu.

Shabaab forces clashed with Somali and AMISOM troops near Afmadow and in Garbaharey. Shabaab forces withdrew from Mahas. Somali troops are preparing to launch an offensive to retake Johwar.

Somali and African Union forces took control of the port town of El-ma'an near Mogadishu. The government imposed a curfew in Afgoye. A Kenyan military spokesman said the military is massing forces for the offensive to take Kismayo.

Kenyan warships continue to shell Shabaab positions in and around Kismayo. Security forces are pursuing Shabaab remnants in Marka. Islamist cleric and Shabaab supporter Abubaker Shariff Ahmed was arrested and charged with inciting violence.

Heavy fighting has been reported in Afmadow as Shabaab forces again attacked Somali and Kenyan bases in the town. A Kenyan military spokesman said that three soldiers who disappeared during fighting in Miido have been found; it is unclear if they are alive or dead. Somalis are fleeing Kismayo as an AMISOM and Somali offensive is feared.