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A businessman strongly linked to Shabaab has been a contractor for the World Food Program and UNICEF, a UN report said. He has pocketed $1.36 million ransom for the release of kidnapped aid workers, has been the financier of Shabaab in Baidoa and was involved in the looting of the UN compound, and is a "close associate" of atop Shabaab leader. Heavy fighting between insurgents and government troops in Mogadishu killed 43 people over two days.
Fighting between government forces and Shabaab fighters in the north of Mogadishu killed 17 people, including a "white Shabaab member." Shabaab beheaded two employees of a telecommunications company in the capital accused of spying. As much as half the food aid sent to Somalia is diverted to a web of corrupt contractors, radical Islamist militants, and local United Nations staff members, according to a new UN Security Council report.
Gunmen shot and killed senior Hizbul Islam official Bare Ali Bare in central Bakara market in Mogadishu; Hizbul Islam fighters killed four Shabaab members in revenge. Bare declared that his group Ras Kamboni did not merge with Shabaab. The most senior figure of al Qaeda in Nigeria, Ibrahim Haman Ahmed, was extradited to the US. He was working for Shabaab in Somalia.
The US is aiding Somalia in its plan to retake Mogadishu and has provided covert training, aerial surveillance, fuel, and money for weapons. A foreign official of Shabaab, Abdiqadir Al Muqraawi, was wounded by soldiers in Mogadishu and has died while he was being taken to Kismayo. A 12-year-old boy defected from Hizbul Islam and said he was trained by foreign and Somali instructors to behead people. The Turkish frigate Gemlik captured seven pirates. The French frigate Nivoise detained a total of 29 pirates and destroyed four skiffs.
Fourteen people were killed in fighting between the Quebys and Suleyman clans in central Somalia. AMISOM troops clashed with Islamist insurgents in Mogadishu. Gunmen killed a businessman in Galkayo. A French warship arrested 11 suspected pirates and destroyed their vessels. Pirates seized a Norwegian oil tanker.
The Somali president held a press conference and called on Shabaab and Hizbul Islam to join the government. Shabaab destroyed revered graves in Baidoa. A new Chinese naval task force with a crew of more than 800, including a special forces unit and two ship-borne helicopters, is sailing to Somali waters. Private security guards aboard the Spanish fishing trawler Albacan fought a gunbattle with pirates.
Seventeen people were killed in the last 24 hours in heavy fighting between rebel fighters and government troops backed by African Union forces in Mogadishu. The fighting erupted in the capital™s Hodan district where government forces carried out surprise attacks on Shabaab positions. Pirates hijacked a Saudi-owned ship and seized a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Aden.
The British government said it was going to ban Shabaab; the group could be active among Britain's large and socially deprived community of Somali refugees. At least eight people were killed in heavy fighting and artillery shelling in Mogadishu. Three UN trucks and their drivers were being held in the pirate town of Eyl after delivering food aid in central Somalia.
A Danish destroyer sunk a pirate mothership in the Indian Ocean after allowing the crew to leave. Four civilians were killed in heavy fire exchange between gunmen in Galkayo. A revered clan elder has been kidnapped in Jowhar. Hizbul Islam leader Sheikh Ahmed Madobe vowed to intensify the fight against Shabaab. "We will target Shabaab officials with explosions and bullets and we will fight them everywhere including Mogadishu," Madobe said.
More than 10 top Shabaab officials, including among others Sheikh Hassan Abdullahi al Turki, who recently joined, and Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansur, held a closed-door meeting in Kismayo. Shabaab has announced it will ban World Food Programme (WFP) operations in Somalia, "generally starting from today," a statement read. Pirates have freed a Greek-owned cargo ship and its crew of 19 after a ransom was paid.
US authorities have arrested and charged a Virginia man with trying to help nearly 300 Somali people illegally enter the United States. Unidentified gunmen killed a deputy commissioner in the Mudug region in central Somalia. Shabaab™s spokesman in Mogadishu, Sheikh Ali Mohammued Raghe "Ali Dhere," blamed Hizbul Islam for recent explosions in Shabaab strongholds including the capital™s main market, Bakara.
A US Navy warship prevented an attack on a Tanzanian ship and apprehended eight suspected pirates. Three Shabaab fighters were killed and their bodies abandoned in the area inside Bakara Market in Mogadishu. A Somali man is fighting extradition from the Netherlands to the US, which suspects him of supporting Shabaab. His lawyer argues that he is innocent and the crimes he is accused of would not be punishable under Dutch law.
The US accused Eritrea of working to destabilize the Horn of Africa region. Shiekh Fuad Mohamed Qalaf, also known as Shongole, survived a roadside bomb attack in Mogadishu; Shabaab fighters arrested three Hizbul Islam officials linked to the assassination attempt. Shabaab leader Sheikh Abu Mansur said that he forgave the former members of the transitional government of Somalia in southern Somalia after a meeting in Baidoa.