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Five people were killed after Shabaab fighters attacked Somali and African Union bases in Mogadishu. Two people were killed during infighting within Somali security forces south of Mogadishu.
Commander Hassan Dahir Aweys admitted Shabaab has suffered major losses during the Somali and African Union offensive. Somali troops claimed to have taken control of Dhobley. A new, semi-autonomous state of Azania was created in the south.
Somali military officials claimed that 15 Shabaab fighters were killed in fighting in two districts south of Mogadishu. Military forces shelled a Shabaab-controlled town of Dhobley on the Kenyan border.
The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya claimed that 10 Kenyans have died while fighting for Shabaab in Somalia. Shabaab's spokesman said his forces would attack Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a in Galgudud. Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a arrested 10 people in Luq.
Fifteen people were killed in fighting between Shabaab forces and Somali and African Union troops in Mogadishu. The African Union denied its troops took casualties during Shabaab mortar attacks in Mogadishu.
Three Shabaab fighters were killed in a grenade attack at their checkpoint in Mogadishu. Germany provided $4.9 million to support African Union forces. Kenya denied its troops entered Somalia to fight Shabaab.
Somali and African Union forces are accused of indiscriminately shelling the Bakara market in Mogadishu, killing 10 people and wounding 31. Shabaab spokesman Ali Dhere vowed to continue fighting the government and African Union forces.
Four people were killed during fighting in central and southern Somalia. Seven Shabaab fighters surrendered to government forces. The UN said the recruitment of child soldiers by all sides of the conflict is on the rise.
One Somali was killed in an IED attack outside of a police station in Bala Hawo. Ethiopian troops have pulled out of Bala Hawo and Luq. Somalia defense minister said Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Djibouti are willing to provide troops to the African Union mission.
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.