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A man threw a grenade into the money exchange center at the Bakara market in Mogadishu, killing at least two people and injuring four others, who included Yemenis. Officials arrested several suspects and blamed Shabaab for the attack, which occurred at the same time as a Shabaab massacre at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
Somali government troops backed by African Union peacekeepers captured the town of Mahaday from Shabaab in the first military offensive in nine months. The town was taken with minimal resistance and was one of the last urban areas in central Somalia still under Shabaab control.
Gunmen thought to belong to a pro-government militia killed a clan elder in Kismayo. More than 160 Somali clerics denounced Shabaab. The military claimed it disrupted more than 200 attacks in Mogadishu during the month of August.
Reports indicate that Shabaab has killed American jihadist and one-time member Omar Hammami, along with a British fighter. Hammami, known by his nom de guerre Abu Mansour al Amriki, fell out with Shabaab leadership over the group's ideological direction.