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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.
Five Somali soldiers were killed and nine wounded when men dressed in military uniforms opened fire at an unauthorized checkpoint. Three Shabaab fighters were killed and another injured in a premature detonation in Galgaduud on April 4. The military said Shabaab attacked a base in Hiraan earlier this week on the outskirts of Bulobarde. Security forces arrested two senior Shabaab operatives in late March; one is said to be a trainer with the group's Amniyat intelligence unit, and the other is thought to be behind the 2009 attack on the Halane compound in which 20 AMISOM troops were killed. Shabaab publicly executed three alleged "spies" in Barowe on March 28.
Targeting African Union and Somali commanders, Shabaab launched a complex assault on a hotel in Bulo Barde, killing at least six soldiers, including Col. Mohamud Amin, the Somali commander for Hiran. The attack began with a suicide car bombing. Attackers dressed in military uniforms reportedly killed 25 people, including Bulo Barde mayor Abdulkadir Nour and former Hiraan governor Yusuf Ahmed Hagar, as well as Col. Amin and his deputy. A suicide car bomb hit an AMISOM convoy outside Mogadishu. Shabaab forces ambushed a Puntland Defense forces commander near Bossaso, killing him and one bodyguard and wounding another. Security forces recently arrested "dozens" of Koran teachers in Mogadishu on charges of indoctrinating for Shabaab.
A spokesman for African Union forces claimed they have taken Hudur, the capital of Bakool province, from Shabaab. A Shabaab spokesman rejected the claim, and said that AU forces were outside Hudur. Bakool authorities said 12 fighters from both sides died fighting last night in Teed, about 30 km from Hudur. In February, Shabab spokesman Sheikh Ali Dheere vowed that the group would recapture territory it lost in 2013, and rejected the idea of negotiating with the government.