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Ten Somalis were killed and 50 more were wounded during heavy shelling and fighting in Mogadishu. Shabaab is sending weapons and fighters to support Islamists in Mogadishu. Sheikh Yusuf Indhoaade backtracked on an agreement to support the government and has turned his weapons over to Shabaab.
Twenty-five people were killed during heavy fighting between Hizbul Islam and government forces in Mogadishu. Islamists are attacking the homes of members of parliament. Shabaab and Hizbul Islam have advanced in the capital, capturing the former defense ministry and a police station.
Seven people were killed after government forces attacked a police station in Mogadishu that is under the control of Hizbul Islam. Two ICU fighters were killed in a market. Fifteen Somalis were killed during fighting in the capital yesterday. Shabaab chopped off the hand of a thief in Kismayo.
Shabaab and pro-government militias are battling in Mogadishu. Former Hizbul Islam Leader Sheikh Amy and Yusuf Indhoaade vowed to support the government. Islamic Courts forces detained 40 Somalis in Beledweyn.
A Burundi soldier was killed in Mogadishu. A Shabaab spokesman said the group would wage jihad even after African troops left the country. Shabaab and Hizbul Islam are moving weapons into Mogadishu. Shabaab is destroying graves and airing violent films in Kismayo.
Shabaab and Hizbul Islam fighters attacked a compound run by Yusuf Indhaade, their former ally who broke away last month. Eritrea said it was "sick" of accusations that it was arming terrorists and said it does not recognize the new Somali government.
Al Qaeda-linked Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys refused to meet with Somalia's Islamist president. "I cannot think of a reason to talk to Sheikh Sharif, who is being used to destroy Islamists in Somalia," he said. A French naval vessel crew captured 11 Somali pirates who attempted to hijack the warship.
Soldiers from President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed's security detail sold armed trucks to Shabaab. Al Qaeda ally Hassan Dahir Aweys said the international community will not allow an Islamic government in Somalia and called for an end to assassinations in Mogadishu. The government sees a role for Aweys in reconciliation. A militia attacked a Shabaab base in Huddur.
Three masked gunmen killed Sheikh Muktar, a Shabaab military commander, as he was sitting outside his shop in Mogadishu's Bakara Market. The Shabaab commander was allied with Muktar Robow. Three Somalis, including a senior intelligence official, were killed in an hand grenade attack in Galka™yo in the semi- autonomous region of Puntland. The ICU claimed it defused tensions with the local clans in the Middle Shabelle region.
Dozens of terrorists are moving from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and into Somalia. President Sharif said African Union forces should stay in Somalia. Shabaab freed three journalists and reopened their radio station.
The prime minister defended the parliamentary vote endorsing Islamic law and has invited Islamist terror groups to join the government. Shabaab shut down a radio station in Baidoa and detained three journalists for "spreading false news."
Mortars fired at Somalia's Parliament missed the building but hit a police unit inside the compound as well as a residential neighborhood, killing at least seven people. Somali pirates have seized a German ship transporting grain in the Gulf of Aden; all 17 crew members are unharmed. Two European aid workers taken hostage by gunmen in Somalia earlier this week said yesterday they were unharmed. The kidnappers increased their ransom demand to $4 million.
The speaker of the Somali parliament denounced Shabaab for employing foreign fighters and distorting Islam. The government is asking for help to build a coast guard while the Somali president advised against attacks on pirate bases on land. Hawiye clans leaders called for the formation of civil security forces in Mogadishu.
Nine people have been killed as the Islamic Courts Union and Hizbul Islam battle for control of Beletwein. Seven were killed after Shabaab fighters attacked a clan outside Kismayo. A senior Islamic Courts commander was assassinated in Mogadishu; Shabaab has been blamed for the attack.
Hizbul Islam welcomed parliament's unanimous vote to impose sharia. Two Medecins Sans Frontieres aid workers from Belgium and Holland were kidnapped in Bakool. Pirates have been operating from a captured Nigerian ship.