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African peacekeepers targeted Al Shabaab and Hizbul Islam with artillery fire in neighborhoods in Mogadishu. Ethiopian troops have withdrawn from the town of Balanbal in central Somalia. Shabaab chopped off the hand of a man convicted in a sharia court in the town of Merka.
Seven Somalis were killed during clashes between Hizbul Islam and government forces in northern Mogadishu. Ethiopian troops have moved near Beledweyn in central Somalia. President Sharif accused Shabaab and Hizbul Islam of using child soldiers in Somalia. "Terrorists spend effort to trick young children...Al Qaeda is involved in this," Sharif said.
Heavy fighting has broken out in Mahaday. President Sharif said insurgent operations "are planned by Eritrean officials in Somalia." Shabaab is patrolling the Bakara market in Mogadishu. Shabaab also denounced the US arms shipment to the Somali transitional government.
Shabaab carried out double amputations on four men for stealing in Mogadishu. Ahlu Sunna Waljama™a imposed a curfew in the town of Abudwak. Ethiopia said it has no plans to redeploy troops to Somalia.
More than half of the parliamentarians have left the country; the parliament has not held a session since April 25. Shabaab threatened to kill the transportation minister. Members of parliament are negotiating with Shabaab and Hizbul Islam.
Hizbul Islam leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys vowed to fight any foreign troops in Somalia while Shabaab's administration in Kismayo warned Kenya not to interfere. Ethiopia rejected Somalia's request for troops but is reported to be moving forces to the border areas.
The government declared a state of emergency while the speaker of parliament requested that Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, and other countries send troops to Somalia as soon as possible. A member of parliament was killed during heavy fighting in Mogadishu.
Casualties in yesterday's suicide attack in Betelweyn rose to 35 killed and more than 50 wounded. The Kenyan government said it was prepared to intervene in Somalia to stem the deteriorating security situation. Ethiopian troops visited the town of Elberde in Bakol province to meet with town elders.
A Shabaab suicide bomber killed the interior minister and a former ambassador during an attack outside a hotel in Beletwein that killed more than 20 people. Ten more Somalis have been killed during fighting in Mogadishu. The Hawiye clan denounced African Union troops for shelling in the capital.
Twenty-two people were killed during fighting between Hizbul Islam and government forces in Mogadishu. The senior police commander for Mogadishu was killed in the fighting. Hizbul Islam leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys reportedly agreed to reconciliation talks with President Ahmed.
Three government soldiers were killed during infighting in Mogadishu. The Ethiopian government denied reports that its soldiers have reentered Somalia; Ethiopian troops inside Somalia said they are tasked with rooting out foreign fighters. Shabaab threatened to attack the Ethiopian troops.
Ethiopian troops entered Somalia and established bases in the town of Balanbal in Galgudud province. Hisbul Islam wanted pro-government factions not to organize in Gedo. Ahlu Sunna Waljama is conducting operations in Abudwak in central Somalia.