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Shabaab gunmen in Mogadishu assassinated Saado Ali Warsame, a former folksinger in her 70s who was one of Somalia's few female lawmakers; her driver was also killed. Somali women had recently protested the lack of women in Parliament. Shabaab fighters attacked army troops in Mogadishu last night, and a number of Shabaab fighters are said to have been arrested. Kenyan airstrikes targeted Shabaab hideouts near Jilib in Middle Jubba yesterday. A Benadir region administrator was killed by a car bomb on July 21 in Mogadishu.
A government employee arrested after last week's attacks on the presidential compound in Mogadishu told authorities he was recruited by Shabaab two years ago and that he had helped provide intelligence on military losses and potential targets. Two days ago, suspected Shabaab militants killed Somalia's deputy chief for counterterrorism and one of his bodyguards in Mogadishu, and killed an army commander in an ambush in Lower Shabelle. Shabaab executed two alleged spies in Barawe on July 13. A UN monitoring panel accused President Mohamud and four other people of conspiring with a US law firm to divert Somali assets recovered abroad.
President Mohamud fired his police and intelligence chiefs and replaced them, after yesterday's Shabaab assault on the presidential palace in Mogadishu, the second this year. At least nine Shabaab fighters, most if not all wearing suicide belts, participated in the attack.
Three days after a Shabaab suicide attack outside the main gate of Parliament, a Shabaab assault team including suicide bombers launched an attack on the presidential palace in Mogadishu. Security forces repulsed the attackers after they had breached the perimeter wall, killing three of them. Suspected Shabaab militants bombed a Gedo restaurant at lunchtime on July 5, killing at least two people and injuring over five more.
A Shabaab suicide car bombing outside the main gate of Parliament in Mogadishu killed four people, including two policemen. Seven children were among the many wounded in the attack, which took place at a checkpoint.
Prominent lawmaker Ahmed Mohamud Hayd was killed along with his bodyguard in a drive-by shooting in Mogadishu that was claimed by Shabaab; another lawmaker, Abdullahi Ahmed Hussein Onka, and a secretary were wounded in the attack. Shabaab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab threatened that the group would target other lawmakers for assassination if they do not leave the government. The US disclosed that it has up to 120 military personnel in Somalia, who serve as trainers and advisers.
A remotely-detonated bomb at a municipal office in Mogadishu killed at least two people and wounded five; two traffic officers were gunned down. Armed groups attacked the Banadir regional center in Mogadishu on June 29. Shabaab militants attacked a Somali and Djiboutian base near Beledweyne on June 27. Shabaab threatened to target AMISOM and government forces, and Prime Minister Mohamed called for vigilance during Ramadan. UN Special Envoy Nicholas Kay warned that Shabaab has the capacity to conduct attacks abroad, and urged Horn of Africa countries to step up border monitoring.
The AU said Kenyan jets bombed Shabaab bases in Anole and Kuday in the Lower Juba region, killing over 50 Shabaab fighters in Kuday and 30 in Anole. Airstrikes were also reported near Kulbiyo, close to the Kenya-Somalia border. The airstrikes took place after an ambush on Kenyan troops. Shabaab declared Kenya a "war zone" in a statement on June 17, in the same language used in January 2012 by "Supreme Emir" Imam Ali of the Kenya-based Muslim Youth Centre. A bomb killed a nurse and injured a doctor in Mogadishu on June 18. The government is reportedly planning to recognize a three-region state comprised of Bay, Bakool, and Lower Shabelle.
Shabaab militants arrested some 100 women in Buale, ordering them to wear the head-to-toe covering niqab or be publicly whipped. Fighting broke out in Wajid in Bakool after Shabaab militants attacked soldiers who were guarding supplies. Somalia's prime minister asked Ethiopia to provide soldiers to escort emergency aid supplies in southern Somalia, where Shabaab has been blockading towns and districts.
At least 13 Shabaab militants were killed and eight Somali and AMISOM troops were wounded in clashes near Hudur in Bakool. Sheikh Golis Mohamed Saed Atom, a former Shabaab commander in Puntland, defected on June 7; he said he had been forced to resign his Shabaab command after the arrival of a "spectacular number of Shabaab militants in Galgala through Golis hills." Both the Ogaden National Liberation Front and Shabaab spokesman Abdiazis Abu Muscab denied the Bakool governor's allegation that Shabaab coordinates operations with the ONLF against Ethiopian and AMISOM troops along the Somali-Ethiopian border.
A Shabaab court in Barawe sentenced three men to death for spying; they were then executed. A few days earlier, Shabaab executed three other alleged spies in Bulo Mare; and amputated the hand one man and flogged another in Barawe. Last week Shabaab forces raided bases near the Ethiopian border in Bakool, killing 28 vigilantes; 12 militants were killed in the clash. On May 28, the head of the Somali National Army head survived an assassination attempt in Mogadishu when his motorcade was targeted with landmines.
Two days after warning it was shifting its war to Kenya, Shabaab launched an assault on the Somali parliament in Mogadishu. At least four people have been killed in the clash, which began with a car bombing followed by an attack by gunmen in military uniforms. Shabaab spokesman Ali Hussain also threatened two days ago that the group was planning attacks on military and soft targets in Mogadishu. Shabaab reportedly decapitated a female soldier in the presence of her two daughters in Bay earlier this week.
Airstrikes by Kenyan AU-force jets targeted Shabaab in Jilib in Middle Jubba yesterday. The Somali army claimed to have killed 17 militiamen during the army's roadblock-clearing operation in Lower Shabelle in recent months.
Security forces in Baidoa arrested three suspected terrorists linked to a suicide bombing in the city on May 12 that killed 12 people and injured 20 more. The attack had targeted the convoy of the former governor of the Bay region. Shabaab militants targeted army bases in Gedo with RPGs. Shabaab awarded AK-47s and military uniforms to clan elders in Middle Jubba on May 9 for taking part in the fighting and contributing farm animals and money. Shabaab leader Mukhtar Abu al-Zubeir a.k.a. Godane issued a propaganda video blaming Christians for violence in CAR and elsewhere. Yesterday Shabaab issued a video asking Muslims in the West to come join the group or carry out 'lone wolf' attacks.
Hours after police defused a bomb planted in a lawmaker's car, a Shabaab car bomb killed a top police officer in Mogadishu along with four other people. Gunmen killed four Jubaland soldiers in Kismayo. Puntland security forces captured 12 Shabaab members, including three women, in Bossaso last week. In Gedo, Ethiopian AMISOM troops detained a Somali commander and closed down a Luuq court.
Somali security forces claimed to have killed five of the 30 bodyguards of Abdullahi Dhere, Shabaab's representative for the Bay region, during a raid in Kulan-Jareer in Bakool. Gunmen in military uniforms killed at least five civilians outside a mosque in Lower Shabelle.
Security forces reportedly killed and wounded two senior Shabaab leaders, Abdullahi Abukar Ali and Ahmed Mohamed Qeyr, during a raid in Mooro Gaabey; Ali was also the police chief for Mooro Gaabey. One Shabaab militant was killed in a clash in Beledweyne with Somali troops, who repelled an attempt to take over a police station. Somali forces recaptured Ayn in Hiraan, killing four Shabaab militants. A new chief was named for Hargeisa prison, which houses convicted terrorists; his predecessor was sacked following a jailbreak. The Parliament criticized the Somali intelligence service as incompetent for failing to collect adequate information on Shabaab's activities and plans.
Parliamentarian Abdelaziz Isaq Mursal was shot dead outside his home in Mogadishu by gunmen who drove away after the attack. Shabaab has claimed yesterday's murder of MP Isaq Mohamed Riino in a car bombing. The governor of Nugal warned the media to avoid "disheartening reports."
Parliamentarian Isaaq Mohamed Riino was killed when a bomb attached to his car detonated in Mogadishu; fellow MP Mohamed Ali Dhuuh and a bystander were injured by the blast, which was claimed by Shabaab. Four Somali soldiers and six militants were killed in a Shabaab ambush on a convoy in Bay on April 17. At least six Somali soldiers were injured in a clash with police in Middle Shabelle on April 18.
Two days after seizing Taleh district, Somali forces pulled out; Shabaab fighters were reportedly in the region, which is claimed by Puntland. In a suspected Shabaab attack, a bomb attached to a solar lamp post in Mogadishu killed at least one civilian and injured five on April 15. Uganda sent 400 troops to guard UN personnel and facilties in Somalia. Two Ugandan army officers are on trial for training Shabaab fighters at a joint AMISOM-Somali facility. The Middle Shabelle government claimed to be cracking down on opium production. Security is deteriorating in Mogadishu, where two intelligence agents were gunned down on April 13. Shabaab issued a video celebrating its Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, threatening further attacks, and calling for jihadists to join the group.