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A UN report shows that increasing cooperation between Somalia's Shabaab and the Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces is spreading instability across the region. African Union forces launched a major offensive against Shabaab militants along the Ballidoogle-Leego road, approximately 120 kilometers northwest of Mogadishu.
Puntland security forces killed three Shabaab fighters while repelling an attack near the Galgala Mountains, a Shabaab stronghold. One soldier was also killed in the fighting. Shabaab fighters killed a woman after opening fire on a wedding ceremony.
Somali security forces retreated from Bulo-Gudud after Shabaab fighters returned in force. Nine Shabaab suspects were detained in Jowhar. The interior minister gave Shabaab fighters 100 days to surrender.
A group of Shabaab fighters surrendered to Somali officials in the Bay region. Fighting between Somali forces and Shabaab had raged in the region a day earlier. Somali forces have erected a controversial checkpoint at Bar Ismail near the Afgoye district in lower Shabelle.
Somali pirates released a ship and 22 crew members held captive for 33 months; the vessel was besieged by Puntland maritime police on Dec. 10, and a few days later the police killed three pirates and captured three more. It is unclear if a ransom was paid.
Somali troops and members of the pro-government elements of the Ras Kamboni Brigade clashed in Kismayo. Eight people, including two Ras Kamboni fighters, were killed during the fighting.
The Ethiopian military indicated that the African Union will expand its operations beyond Jowhar and Beledweyne. The towns of Bulo Burto and Jalalaqsi, which are between the two cities, are still under Shabaab control.
Shabaab dismissed Omar Hammami, the American jihadist who claimed his life was in danger earlier this year, as a narcissist. Somali and African Union troops seized control of Kudha and Madhawa from Shabaab forces. "Gunmen" killed a military officer in Mogadishu.
Security forces in Puntland intercepted a shipment of supplies thought to be headed to Shabaab in the Galgala mountains. The defense minister cautioned troops against being undiscipiined and warned that courts would be established to prosecute offenders.
A suicide bomber killed only himself in an attack in Mogadishu. Three bystanders were wounded in the attack, which targeted a Somali and African Union convoy.