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India is attempting to trace the whereabouts of nearly 100 sailors on seven Indian vessels taken captive by pirates off the Somali coast. Shabaab fighters in the coastal town of Marka claimed that they hit a helicopter with rockets. Kenya denied a Somali request for thousands of troops trained in Kenya to be deployed to Mogadishu for an upcoming offensive against insurgents.
Hundreds of people protested against Shabaab in Mogadishu."¨ Gunmen killed a Hawiye clan elder in Lafole. Leaders of Shabaab and Hizbul Islam "travel with relative freedom to and from Kenya, where they raise funds, engage in recruitment and obtain treatment for wounded fighters," the UN stated. Pirates seized a UAE ship with 24 crew. Dutch marines disarmed 17 suspected pirates.
Shabaab claimed responsibility for killing a senior Somali government official in Mogadishu. Three people were killed in clashes between soldiers and armed protesters opposing the demolition of their houses near Mogadishu's main airport. Israeli security guards on board a ship repelled an attempted hijacking off Somalia for the second time in a week.
Two civilians were killed in a mortar attack in the northern part of Mogadishu. Somali police demolished several homesteads built near the Mogadishu Airport after reports emerged that they were built and used by Shabaab to carry out attacks. A Toronto student reported dead in Somalia was a blog author who posted the extremist propaganda of radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki.
Five civilians were killed in heavy shelling in Mogadishu. Kenyan police arrested a Somali-American as he and two associates attempted to fly to Somalia. Hashi Hussein Farah, who escaped from Kenya last weekend, is believed to be a major al Qaeda-linked fundraiser for Shabaab. The government is planning to launch its offensive to retain the control of 10 districts in Mogadishu "in the coming week."
A leading Somali cleric declared that Shabaab and Hizbul Islam's fight against the government is un-Islamic and not legitimate jihad, and the groups should negotiate a solution. The African Union called for a no-fly zone over Somalia and blocking the nation's ports. More than 2,500 Somali military recruits are stranded in Kenya.
President Sharif rejected direct military intervention from the US but welcomed logistical support. The interior minister claimed the offensive against Shabaab and Hizbul Islam would begin "soon" in Mogadishu. The family of a Canadian man who was killed while fighting alongside with Shabaab mourned his death.
A senior Shabaab military commander was assassinated in the city of Kismayo. A Canadian man who has been missing for two years was killed in Mogadishu while fighting for Shabaab. Hizbul Islam vowed to continue attacks against Ethiopian forces in Beledweyn.
Three people were killed in fighting in Mogadishu. Shabaab detained two reporters and shut down a radio station in Bardhere. Some members of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a rejected the agreement with the government. Pirates attacked a Dutch warship; the Dutch released the pirates after boarding their ships.