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Shabaab fighters raided a UN base in southern Somalia. For the second time in a week, Hizbul Islam invited Osama bin Laden to Somalia: "Seeing Osama in Somalia will be a triumph for the Muslims in Somalia, and in fact we shall be the happiest people on the planet," said Sheikh Mohammed Wehliye Odowa. Three people were killed in mortar attacks in Mogadishu.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's leadership reportedly moved its military base temporarily from Yemen to Somalia. Sheikh Ali Mohamud Raghe "Ali Dhere", the spokesman of Shabaab, swore that the group will capture Mogadishu before the European Union trained forces in Uganda reach the capital. Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a and Shabaab fought over the Mataban district in central Somalia.
Seventeen people were killed during fighting between Shabaab and the pro-government Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a militia in Rage Ele; both sides claimed victory. Pirates hijacked a South Korean tanker with a crew of 24 and freed two Indian ships with 26 sailors.
"We have beheaded and shot dead at least 680"¨ apostates under my command, most of them in Baidoa, and I™m happy with it", said Shabaab leader Sheikh Mukhtar"¨ Robow 'Abu Mansur.™ Kenya has deployed a military force with a special unit to its border following an incursion by Shabaab. A US warship captured five pirates after an exchange of fire in the Indian Ocean west of the Seychelles.
The government appointed a Shabaab sympathizer as envoy to the US. Shabaab reportedly sent 2,000 fighters with armored vehicles to the central town of Dhusamareb, where the pro-government militia Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a has imposed a curfew. At least 16 people were killed in clashes between rival clans in central Somalia. Pirates hijacked an Indian trade boat as it left Mogadishu port.
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.