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Hassan Dahir Aweys, the leader of Hizbul Islam, called for increased operations against Somali and African Union forces in Mogadishu. Aweys, who is connected to al Qaeda, made the statement in public while preaching at a mosque in the Bakara market in Mogadishu.
Eleven people were killed during clashes between Shabaab and government and African Union forces in Mogadishu. Security forces detained more than 40 people during an operation in Mogadishu; most were later released.
A Puntland minister said 70 soldiers from neighboring Somaliland fought with Shabaab in the Galgala region. Somaliland's information minister denied the charge and called Shabaab commander Atom a "terrorist." Two civilians were killed in a hand grenade blast in Mogadishu.
Somali pirates kidnapped two foreigners near the Seychelles. Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a, the pro-government Sufi militia, accused Shabaab of carrying out atrocities against women and children in Beledweyn. The government said Hizbul Islam has been ejecting civilians from Mogadishu and Afgoi.
Seven people were killed in fighting in Mogadishu. The Somali government called for 20,000 more foreign troops to aid in the fight against Shabaab and Hizbul Islam. Pirates reportedly received a $9.5 million ransom for the release of a South Korean oil tanker and a crew of 24.
The president of Puntland, a semi-autonomous region, claimed that its security forces killed 96 Shabaab fighters under the command of Mohamed Said Atom in the Galgala region. The president said Shabaab fighters are now based in the Sanaag region in Somaliland.
A senior Shabaab leader said that the terror group would strike in the capitals of Uganda and Burundi if their troops did not leave Somalia. "We will attack Kampala and Bujumbura and there will be mass exodus of civilians just like Mogadishu," he stated.
Hizbul Islam leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys vowed to continue to wage jihad against Somali and African Union forces. A Shabaab leader urged women to send their sons to wage jihad in Mogadishu. The president of Puntland declared victory over Shabaab forces under the command of Mohamed Said Atom.
Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, a Somali-American, was sworn in as the country's new prime minister. Fifteen people were killed in fighting between Shabaab and Somali and African Union forces in Mogadishu.