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Two days after warning it was shifting its war to Kenya, Shabaab launched an assault on the Somali parliament in Mogadishu. At least four people have been killed in the clash, which began with a car bombing followed by an attack by gunmen in military uniforms. Shabaab spokesman Ali Hussain also threatened two days ago that the group was planning attacks on military and soft targets in Mogadishu. Shabaab reportedly decapitated a female soldier in the presence of her two daughters in Bay earlier this week.
Airstrikes by Kenyan AU-force jets targeted Shabaab in Jilib in Middle Jubba yesterday. The Somali army claimed to have killed 17 militiamen during the army's roadblock-clearing operation in Lower Shabelle in recent months.
Security forces in Baidoa arrested three suspected terrorists linked to a suicide bombing in the city on May 12 that killed 12 people and injured 20 more. The attack had targeted the convoy of the former governor of the Bay region. Shabaab militants targeted army bases in Gedo with RPGs. Shabaab awarded AK-47s and military uniforms to clan elders in Middle Jubba on May 9 for taking part in the fighting and contributing farm animals and money. Shabaab leader Mukhtar Abu al-Zubeir a.k.a. Godane issued a propaganda video blaming Christians for violence in CAR and elsewhere. Yesterday Shabaab issued a video asking Muslims in the West to come join the group or carry out 'lone wolf' attacks.
Hours after police defused a bomb planted in a lawmaker's car, a Shabaab car bomb killed a top police officer in Mogadishu along with four other people. Gunmen killed four Jubaland soldiers in Kismayo. Puntland security forces captured 12 Shabaab members, including three women, in Bossaso last week. In Gedo, Ethiopian AMISOM troops detained a Somali commander and closed down a Luuq court.
Somali security forces claimed to have killed five of the 30 bodyguards of Abdullahi Dhere, Shabaab's representative for the Bay region, during a raid in Kulan-Jareer in Bakool. Gunmen in military uniforms killed at least five civilians outside a mosque in Lower Shabelle.
Security forces reportedly killed and wounded two senior Shabaab leaders, Abdullahi Abukar Ali and Ahmed Mohamed Qeyr, during a raid in Mooro Gaabey; Ali was also the police chief for Mooro Gaabey. One Shabaab militant was killed in a clash in Beledweyne with Somali troops, who repelled an attempt to take over a police station. Somali forces recaptured Ayn in Hiraan, killing four Shabaab militants. A new chief was named for Hargeisa prison, which houses convicted terrorists; his predecessor was sacked following a jailbreak. The Parliament criticized the Somali intelligence service as incompetent for failing to collect adequate information on Shabaab's activities and plans.
Parliamentarian Abdelaziz Isaq Mursal was shot dead outside his home in Mogadishu by gunmen who drove away after the attack. Shabaab has claimed yesterday's murder of MP Isaq Mohamed Riino in a car bombing. The governor of Nugal warned the media to avoid "disheartening reports."
Parliamentarian Isaaq Mohamed Riino was killed when a bomb attached to his car detonated in Mogadishu; fellow MP Mohamed Ali Dhuuh and a bystander were injured by the blast, which was claimed by Shabaab. Four Somali soldiers and six militants were killed in a Shabaab ambush on a convoy in Bay on April 17. At least six Somali soldiers were injured in a clash with police in Middle Shabelle on April 18.
Two days after seizing Taleh district, Somali forces pulled out; Shabaab fighters were reportedly in the region, which is claimed by Puntland. In a suspected Shabaab attack, a bomb attached to a solar lamp post in Mogadishu killed at least one civilian and injured five on April 15. Uganda sent 400 troops to guard UN personnel and facilties in Somalia. Two Ugandan army officers are on trial for training Shabaab fighters at a joint AMISOM-Somali facility. The Middle Shabelle government claimed to be cracking down on opium production. Security is deteriorating in Mogadishu, where two intelligence agents were gunned down on April 13. Shabaab issued a video celebrating its Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, threatening further attacks, and calling for jihadists to join the group.
During a five-hour battle that broke out when Shabaab militants attacked a convoy in Bakool carrying food for Ethiopian troops, at least 11 people were killed. The Somali military claimed to have killed "dozens of militants." Residents reported that hundreds of soldiers are pursuing the Shabaab fighters in Bakool following the attack.