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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.
Two Kenyan aid workers kidnapped by Shabaab in 2011 were rescued yesterday outside Dhobley near the Kenyan border by AMISOM troops and Jubbaland forces. The UN said weapons-related casualties in Mogadishu increased 20% in recent months.
A security guard at Puntland airport killed two UN officials, one French and the other British; Puntland's president said the perpetrators are being held and investigated. The UN officials had planned to travel to Garowe to investigate the flow of money from pirate attacks. Authorities are looking for Mohamed Ali Saed and Kedir Ahmed Yusuf, two convicted pirates among 15 who escaped from Puntland's Bossaso prison on April 4. AMISOM forces claimed they captured Wabho in Galgaduud and killed 30 Shabaab fighters; other sources said a total of 10 people from both sides were killed.