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Puntland security forces captured Ahmed Saeed Mohamed, the brother of senior Shabaab leader and weapons smuggler Mohamed Saeed Atom. The spokesman for the Kenya Defence Forces said military operations have reduced Shabaab's revenues by 75 percent.
Shabaab fighters attacked Kenyan and Somali troops in Busaar; 10 people are said to have been killed. Shabaab fighters and local militia clashed in Beledweyne; five people reportedly killing five people.
Kenyan forces claimed a senior Shabaab military commander named Abu Yahya and 13 fighters were killed in an ambush in Dalayat. Shabaab claimed its forces killed six Kenyan troops in the south. The death toll in yesterday's suicide attack in Mogadishu has increased to 15 killed.
A report stated that Somalia is one of several "training grounds" for British jihadists and that 50 of the estimated 200 foreign fighters in Somalia are British citizens. "[I]t is only a question of time before their commitment to the cause, and their newly-acquired expertise, are likely to be seen on British streets," the report states.
The Kenyan military claimed that eight Shabaab commanders and more than 100 fighters were killed during last week's airstrikes on Shabaab camps in Badhade and Hayo. Shabaab is accused of assassinating a senior Shabelle program director.
Kenyan troops seized Hosungow near the Kenyan border and took over the key southern town of Badhadhe, potentially cutting off Shabaab's supply line from its coastal stronghold of Kismayo. The UK appointed an ambassador to Somalia and the UK foreign minister is visiting the country.