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A Somali warlord who served as a minister of defense and was once a member of the Islamic Courts refused to disarm his militia. A district commissioner in Mogadishu called for African Union forces to withdraw from the capital. Security forces detained 40 people in Mogadishu.
Twenty-two people were killed during fighting in Mogadishu and central Somalia. Malaysian commandos freed a ship and captured seven pirates. The state of Puntland blocked Somali government officials from visiting.
Three people were killed in fighting in Mogadishu. Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, the former leader of the disbanded Hizbul Islam, urged Somalis not to accept "foreign food packages carrying messages aiming to Christianize our community." UN funds to pay African Union and Somali troops are running low.
In a press conference in Mogadishu, Ali Mohamud Rage, Shabaab's spokesman, condemned the United Nations for speaking out against the al Qaeda-linked terror group. Rage also denounced a local radio station for reporting that Shabaab was blocking humanitarian aid to starving Somalis.
Thirty people were killed in shelling in Mogadishu. A minister in Puntland said a government program to train soldiers is training future Shabaab members. Shabaab arrested the former spokesman for the disbanded Hizbul Islam after he refused to accept a security post.
Two people were killed in shelling in Mogadishu. The government of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland has canceled cooperation with the weak Transitional Federal Government. The minister of agriculture said Shabaab is impeding aid to drought-stricken Somalis.
Prime Minister Mohamed said 8,000 troops will soon launch an offensive against Shabaab. Shabaab and businessmen in Bu'ale are at odds over Shabaab's policies. A Puntland court sentenced one policeman to death and two others to life in prison.
A Shabaab official in Mogadishu said the terror group would continue to prevent foreign aid agencies from delivering food and other supplies. Shabaab has banned women from working at the seaport in Kismayo.
Three Somalis, including a soldier, were killed in a hand grenade attack in the Wadajir district. Shabaab has ordered high schools in Beledweyne to turn over lists of students to be used in recruiting fighting.