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At least 32 civilians have been killed and 84 more were wounded during four days of fighting in Mogadishu. Shabaab chopped off the hands of two thieves in the capital. Shabaab and rival Islamist groups Ras Kambani Brigade and Anole are at odds over control of Kismayo.
The commander of Somali government forces in Beledweyen said Shabaab and allied Islamists have taken control of the city. Shabaab said it has spies in the government and working with African Union troops. Five people were killed during clashes at the main port in Mogadishu. The number of internally displaced persons is now at 1.5 million.
Mohamed Hassan, a 21-year old American from Minnesota, was one of ten people killed during fighting in Mogadishu; Hassan was fighting with Shabaab. Shabaab retook control of neighborhoods in Beledweyn after Ethiopian troops withdrew. Hizbul Islam leader Hassan Dahir Aweys denied conducting talks with the government.
Somalia™s foreign minister claimed Islamist insurgent groups have merged with the government. The African Union said Ugandan troops can attack Shabaab. Nigerian troops have arrived in Mogadishu. Ten people were wounded in mortar attacks in Mogadishu.
Sheikh Mukhtar Abdurahman Abu Zubayr, the leader of Shabaab, called for an uprising against the semi-autonomous Somaliland government. Islamist terrorists attacked an African Union base in Mogadishu; five people were killed during the fighting.
Ethiopian troops are withdrawing from Beletwein, and the governor of Hiran province said his administration is no longer part of the Transitional Federal Government. Two people were killed during fighting in Mogadishu. Hizbul Islam flogged 3 teenage boys accused of rape in Mogadishu.
Hizbul Islam leader Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys rejected the government's call for a Ramadan ceasefire. "We will redouble the war against infidels," Aweys said. Aweys also rejected reports that Hizbul Islam is in negotiations with the government. Nine people were killed during clashes in Mogadishu on Aug. 22.
Twenty-two people were killed during gunbattles and mortar attacks after Islamist forces attacked an African Union base in Mogadishu. Ethiopian troops entered Somalia to battle forces from the Ogaden National Liberation Front. The Somali parliament passed a law that calls for a state of emergency.
Hizbul Islam retook control of the town of Luq while Shabaab took control of Bulo Hawo on the Kenyan border just one day after Ahlu Sunna Waljama™a said it was in control. The government said it took control of Bulobarde, but residents claim Shabaab is in control and chased forces all the way to Beledweyne; 20 people were killed in the fighting.
The pro-government Ahlu Sunna Wal-jama™a has ousted Shabaab from the border town of Beled Hawo in southwestern Somalia and the town of Wahbo in central Somalia. Shabaab fighters attacked a UN compound in Wajid north of Baidoa; the UN guards returned fire and killed three Shabaab fighters.
More than 30 people were killed during clashes between Shabaab and Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamee'a in central Somalia. Fifty-five Hizbul Islam fighters defected to the government in Hiran. Djibouti will deploy troops in Somalia.
Seven Pakistani clerics were killed in Puntland; Puntland officials are blaming each other for the deaths. Two civilians were killed during shelling in Mogadishu. Shabaab said it captured weapons en route to rival clans in central Somalia.
Residents in Marka reported that Shabaab is pulling teeth because the group views gold and silver fillings as sinful. Shabaab in Mogadishu ordered businesses to close during prayer and said women must wear the veil. President Sharif asserted that opposition groups were proxies for al Qaeda in Somalia. Somali pirates claimed $4 million in ransom was paid to release an Italian tugboat.