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Shabaab has withdrawn its forces from Howlaha Guud as Ethiopian and Somali troops advance on the western town of Bardale. Six people were killed in an IED attack in Bardale. Two IEDs were detonated at a base in Baidoa that was formerly used by Shabaab.
Shabaab withdrew from Baidoa after Ethiopian and Somali forces advanced on the city. The terror group also withdrew from Bardale. A Shabaab cleric said that "fathers and mothers must send their unmarried girls to fight alongside the (male) militants."
Human Rights Watch said that Shabaab "has increasingly targeted children for recruitment, forced marriage, and rape, and attacked teachers and schools." Puntland security forces detained five suspected Shabaab fighters in Galkayo.
Shabaab warned Muslims "to stay away from the enemy bases in order to avoid being unintentional victims" of a newly announced terror campaign in Mogadishu. Somalia's ambassador to Yemen claimed that more than 500 Shabaab fighters fled Somalia to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Shabaab claimed credit for Friday's car bombing in a police compound; the terror group said the bombing "is part of a new series of attacks that will specifically target the Crusaders & TFG bases in the capital." Shabaab has deployed hundreds of fighters to the outskirts of Mogadishu.
The Somali military said that 14 Shabaab fighters were killed during fighting in Garbaharay. The UN Security Council may vote next week to increase the number of African Union forces by 5,700, to reach 17,700 troops total. Refugees are fleeing the Afgoye area and African Union forces have deployed there.