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Seven people were killed during fighting between Shabaab fighters and Kenyan and Somali troops in Qogani. Shabaab fighters killed two Somali troops in Gedo. The governor of Hiran province survived an assassination attempt.
Three people were killed after Shabaab forces ambushed a Somali and Ethiopian military convoy in Goof-Gaduud near Baidoa. Shabaab claimed it killed 23 Kenyan soldiers in an ambush two days ago in Haluqa.
Eight people were killed after Shabaab forces attacked Somali and Kenyan army bases in Badhadhe. Shabaab called the telecom firm Hoormud "an oppressive tool of the Jews and US" for helping Kenyan forces track down Shabaab members. Prime Minister Ali said Shabaab will be driven "out of their last stronghold" by the end of August.
Somali and African Union forces took control of Balad as Shabaab fighters abandoned the district without a fight. Shabaab forces controlled Balad for three years before retreating. Combined forces are setting their sights on Jowhar next.
Ethiopia said it will extend its troop deployment in Somalia until the country ratifies its constitution and is capable of defending itself. Somalia will reportedly disband the transitional government in 60 days.
Shabaab claimed that a French officer leading Burundian troops was among those killed when a convoy in Elasha Biyaha was ambushed. Security forces arrested 20 Shabaab "sympathizers" in Afgoye and killed a fighter in Beledweyne.
Shabaab leader Sheikh Abu Zubayr released a statement in which he vowed to impose sharia law in Somalia. Shabaab commanders in Galgadud are forcing businessmen to fund operations. A Shabaab commander in Jowhar vowed to fight Somali and AMISOM forces.