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Sheikh Mukhtar Abdurrahman Abu Zubeyr, Shabaab's spiritual leader, called for fighters in the south to obey Shariah law and not oppress those living under their control. The African Union arrested soldiers who opened fire on civilians in Mogadishu.
Shabaab claimed victory over government and African Union forces in Mogadishu. A militia in Beledweyne claimed it killed five Shabaab fighters in an ambush. The UN said the Transitional Federal Government's mandate ends in August.
Shabaab and the Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a clashed in the Galgudud region; no casualties were reported. Witnesses claimed African Union forces opened fire on Somali civilians near the airport in Mogadishu; three people were wounded.
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.