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Eleven people were killed in fighting in Mogadishu; a man was also beheaded. Insurgents warned private radio stations to stop playing music in Mogadishu. Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama™a fighters have taken control of a district in the Middle Shabelle region from Shabaab. President Barack Obama announced an executive order blocking Shabaab's assets in the US.
Nine people were killed in mortar and IED attacks in Mogadishu. Somalia's top military commander said his forces are ready to launch the long-awaited offensive to oust Shabaab from the capital. Somali pirates hijacked a cargo ship near Seychelles.
A US warship captured six pirates after a firefight and destroyed their skiff off the Horn of Africa. A Turkish cargo vessel seized three days ago has been abandoned by pirates; all 25 crewmen are unharmed.
Shabaab has taken the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) off the air in regions under its control and has looted the transmission equipment. Last week Hizbul Islam ordered Mogadishu-based radio stations to stop broadcasting music within 10 days.
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.