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Shabaab repelled an assault by Somali and Kenyan forces on the town of Dhobley; 20 people were killed in the fighting. African Union forces killed a senior Shabaab commander. In Gedo, 25 Shabaab fighters surrendered to the pro-government Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a.
Shabaab commander Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys proudly admitted to recruiting children to serve with the terror group. "We recruit underage children to fight for us, the children are ready to die for their country and religion," he said. Shabaab sentenced a couple to 100 lashes for committing adultery.
Eighteen people were killed during fighting between Shabaab fighters and Somali and African Union forces in Mogadishu. Infighting between Somali troops in Mogadishu resulted in the death of one soldier. Puntland suspended Saracen International's anti-piracy training program.
Ten people were killed after Shabaab launched an attack on the town of Bula Hawo on the Kenyan border. Shabaab took control of the village of Dif and arrested 10 merchants in Sadow and accused them of selling drugs. The African Union jailed three Ugandan soldiers for killing civilians.
Twenty more people were killed during shelling by both Shabaab and African Union forces in Mogadishu. The US said it was "disappointed" with the Transitional Federal Government for extending its mandate.
Twenty people were killed in Mogadishu during mortar exchanges between Shabaab and African Union and government forces. Shabaab claimed the government's offensive in central Somalia has failed, and said 20 Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a fighters were killed.
Ten people were killed during fighting in Mogadishu. Two people were killed after police forces battled amongst themselves in Mogadishu. Five Shabaab fighters died in a premature detonation in Lanto Buro. Shabaab's leadership in Kismayo called on young men to fight the government in Mogadishu.
Somalia's prime minister warned that Shabaab may attempt to use oil tankers in a Sept. 11-styled attack. The United Nations Security Council urged the international community to increase funding for African Union forces in Somalia.
Somali troops took control of Rabdhure and El Waq; four Shabaab fighters were reported to have been killed during the fighting, Puntland police arrested four suspected Shabaab operatives, including the brother of Sheikh Mohamed Atom, in Galkayo.
The defense minister claimed Omar Hammami, an American Shabaab leader, was killed. President Ahmed fired four senior security officials; Shabaab cited the dismissals as evidence the government is failing in its offensive. Ethiopian troops have joined a pro-government militia in the village of Berhuteye.
Shabaab withdrew its forces from the Gedo region after Ethiopian soldiers helped eject Shabaab from Bala Hawo. Shabaab killed two Somali soldiers and executed two men who worked for the government in Mogadishu.