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Ethiopian troops will withdraw from Baidoa and Beledweyne in April, and will be replaced by 2,500 Djiboutian, Burundian, and Ugandan soldiers. Shabaab ambushed Kenyan troops between Taabta and Qoqani; five Shabaab fighters and several Kenyan troops were killed.
Shabaab claimed that 81 Ethiopian soldiers, including a colonel, were killed during yesterday's fighting near Luuq. Shabaab also claimed the US Treasury is initiating the shutdown of its Twitter page.
Heavy fighting was reported after Shabaab attacked Ethiopian forces in the village of Yurkut near Luuq. Shabaab claimed it killed 73 Ethiopian soldiers and lost five fighters. Somali officials claimed 48 Shabaab fighters were killed. Ethiopia did not disclose casualties.
Shabaab arrested 10 women in Afgoye for unknown reasons. Shabaab's governor for the Banadir region said the terror group is still conducting attacks in Mogadishu and denied its forces withdrew from the capital.
Shabaab fighters beheaded three young men who were accused of spying. The spokesman for the Kenyan military said his country would stay in Somalia until it is stable, but also indicated forces may be withdrawn by Oct. 31.
Shabaab said it captured the town of Diif on the border with Kenya and also said its "cartographers will soon redraw the geographical boundaries carved up by inebriated colonial masters in preparation for Islamic Khilaafa." Shabaab and government forces clashed in the Karaan area of Mogadishu; the Somali government claimed it repelled the attacks.
A suicide bomber killed only himself during a premature detonation near a Burundian military base in Mogadishu. Seven Shabaab fighters and five Puntland security personnel were reported killed during fighting near Bosaso. Kenya is considering withdrawing from Somalia in October.
Fifteen people were killed in Garbaharay during clashes between Shabaab and the pro-governemnt Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a. The governor of the Bay region said Baidoa is "safe" after Shabaab abandoned the city last week.