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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.
A Shabaab suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed car into a restaurant near an intelligence headquarters in Mogadishu, killing at least 12 people, including intelligence officers, and injuring eight others. Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, military spokesman for the al Qaeda-linked group, said the attack was part of Shabaab's operations in the capital and that such operations would continue. In separate attacks in Mogadishu earlier this week, Shabaab militants gunned down a female tea shop owner, opened fire on a female polio vaccinator as she was working, and shot and beheaded a woman and her son in the Yaqshid district.
A Shabaab suicide assault team stormed the presidential palace in Mogadishu. Two government officials, several Somali soldiers, and 10 Shabaab fighters were killed during the assault. Ethiopian troops clashed with Shabaab fighters in Luuq.
Officials and residents say Shabaab is conducting attacks almost nightly in Mogadishu and patrolling districts at night; the al Qaeda-linked group now controls some districts entirely. At least seven people have been killed and many more have been detained as a result of raids by security forces in Kismayu. Ahmed Ibrahim was appointed the interim head of security for Jubba.
Sources said Shabaab's ban on mobile Internet services was precipitated by Edward Snowden's revelations that the US government was tapping global Internet and phone systems. A Shabaab defector killed the commander of Jubaland's security forces and two of his bodyguards in Kismayo.
In response to Ethiopian forces crossing into Bakool region, Shabaab forces have begun to pull out of the region's capital of Hudur. Somali troops lost the towns of Gandarshe and Jilib Marka in Lower Shabelle to Shabaab militants after controlling the towns for less than a week. The Somali government has denied UN allegations of improprieties regarding arms shipments.