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In Mogadishu, 10 people were killed in fighting between soldiers and policemen over food distribution. Shabaab has taken control of Beledweyne. Islamists assassinated a judge in Puntland and attacked the home of a leader of Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama'a.
The pro-government Ahlu Sunna Wal-Jamma'a claimed it killed four Shabaab fighters and captured one more in Dhusamareb. Pirates released a British-flagged tanker and its crew of eight. The European Union™s Indian Ocean naval task force claimed to have destroyed 25 pirate "action groups" this year.
Shabaab released a videotape of captive French security official Denis Allex, who was kidnapped in Mogadishu last summer. Shabaab demanded the release of several prisoners in exchange for Allex, but did not threaten to kill him.
Shabaab killed seven Somali soldiers in a bombing in Mogadishu. Deputy Shabaab leader Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Ali Abu Mansoor was reportedly wounded during fighting in the capital. Shabaab issued a fatwa against Universal TV for displaying a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.
US and Somali intelligence officials claim that between 300-1200 foreign fighters have become part of Shabaab. The group's leaders are foreign and it receives support and direction from al Qaeda central in Pakistan.
Two Ugandan soldiers were killed last week during fighting in Mogadishu. Hizbul Islam warned of "air raids" by foreign governments. The pro-government Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a denied cutting off communications in Dusomareb.
The pro-government Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a claimed 90 Shabaab fighters were killed during recent clashes in Mogadishu's Bakara market. Ten Shabaab fighters were killed in a vehicle accident in the Bay region. Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a shut down telecommunications in Dhusamareb as part of a "military tactic."
Somali and African Union forces attacked Shabaab and Hizbul Islam strongholds in the capital of Mogadishu; 16 people were killed and 30 more were wounded in the fighting. Puntland forces freed a cargo ship and its crew hijacked by pirates.