The US is aiding Somalia in its plan to retake Mogadishu and has provided covert training, aerial surveillance, fuel, and money for weapons. A foreign official of Shabaab, Abdiqadir Al Muqraawi, was wounded by soldiers in Mogadishu and has died while he was being taken to Kismayo. A 12-year-old boy defected from Hizbul Islam and said he was trained by foreign and Somali instructors to behead people. The Turkish frigate Gemlik captured seven pirates. The French frigate Nivoise detained a total of 29 pirates and destroyed four skiffs.
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