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Assassinations of Christians in Somalia Continues

Friday, November 15th, 2013

11/14/2013 Somalia (Morning Star News) -Gunmen who said they intended to kill a Christian in Mogadishu, Somalia for spreading his faith shot him to death last month, the victim’s neighbor said.

Two men armed with pistols shot Abdikhani Hassan seven times as he approached his home after closing his pharmacy in Kharkinley District on Oct. 20, his Muslim neighbor told a Morning Star News source. Hassan is survived by his wife, who is pregnant, and five children ranging in age from 3 to 12.

Before killing Hassan, one of the assailants told the neighbor, “We have information that Hassan is spreading wrong religion to our people, and we are looking for him,” the neighbor said.

“I got so frightened as the two young men left,” said the neighbor, whose identity is withheld for security reasons.

The unidentified attackers did not rob Hassan of anything.

Islamic extremists from the Al Shabaab rebel group have killed several Christians in the past few years, and although the group no longer controls Mogadishu, a few rebels hiding their militant identity remain in the capital, a source said.

“The men who murdered Abdikhani are suspected to be Al Shabaab militia, and the government is carrying out an investigation looking for the two killers,” he said.

Al Shabaab, the Somali cell of Al Qaeda, has vowed to rid Somalia of its Christians, who meet secretly in the country where apostasy, or leaving Islam, is punishable by death. The group is suspected of killing Fatuma Isak Elmi, 35, on Sept. 1 inside her home in Beledweyne, Hiran Province in south-central Somalia (see Morning Star News, Sept. 9). Her husband had received a threatening note that morning believed to be from the Islamic extremist group and was away at the time of the murder. …


Ethiopia Warns of more Attacks by al-Shabaab

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

 Al-Shabaab routinely targets and threatens Ethiopia for its involvmentin Somalia, where Ethiopia has deployed it military to engage the terror group and also to contribute to the international peace-keeping effort. However, al-Shabaab has recently begun target Christian civilians in Ethiopia as part of its regional jihad. Last week, a taxi was bombed and four Christian Ethiopians killed. Now the government there warns of the likelihood of additional future attacks targeting Christian civilians.

Al Shabaab Informant Sheltered by Christian Family

Friday, November 1st, 2013

After the Westgate Mall massacre, and recent violence directed against Christians by Muslims in the Mombasa area, Kenyan security forces increased scrutiny of those suspected of aiding Islamists in the region. In one instance an Islamic cleric and former member of the terror group defected and is assisting authorities in prosecuting an Al Shabaab recruiter. He cannot trust the Muslim community due to his actions, and is being sheltered and cared for by a Christian family who volunteered to provide him sanctuary. Please pray for his safety and for the family that cares for him. 

Uganda Facing ‘Imminent’ Terror Attack; Christians Urged to be Alert, Cautious

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

 The United States Embassy issued a warning of "imminent threat" for Uganda by the Al Shabaab Islamic terror group. Although Uganda has a majority-Christian population, Muslims are populated throughout the country in dense clusters, within which Christians face severe persecution. It is possible that an infrastructure is in place to support an attack equal or larger in scope than Nairobi's Westgate Mall massacre. Given Al Shabaab's great effort to avoid harming fellow Muslims in that attack, it is likely that any target in Uganda will be one with predominantly Christian personnel or symbolism. ICC encourages Christians in Uganda to be alert and cautious for suspicious persons or activities, to keep mobile phones at hand, and to closely monitor police and media updates, especially at worship this Sunday.

Somalis in Minnesota Still Enlisting in Terror Group that Describes the Killing of Christians as ‘Disneyland,’ and Beckons Muslims to ‘Join in this Fun’

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Despite the Westgate Mall massacre in Kenya last week, reports  indicate that the al Shabaab terrorists are still successfully recruiting from America's largest Somali community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Al Shabaab utilizes the Muslim call to jihad as rationale for filling its ranks, explaining that service with the Islamist group is tantamount to a religious duty. Recruitment videos insinuate that the killing of Christians and innocents "is the real Disneyland," and beckons Muslims to "come join in this fun." More than 22 young men are known to have joined al Shabaab since 2009, but actual numbers remain elusive.

Mombasa Churches Warned of Al Shabaab Danger

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Kenyan security services report  that reliable sources have indicated the Al Shabaab terrorists are likely targeting the predominantly Muslim seaside resort and port city of Mombasa for violence. Kenyan authorities believe that the Islamists will target a building with a high level of occupation, mirroring their operations in the Westgate Mall massacre that ended early this week. However, due to Al Shabaab's recent efforts to avoid harming fellow Muslims in their execution of the Westgate massacre, ICC believes that Christian  churches and gathering places present the most likely targets for any such action.

Islamic Leaders in Somalia Announce Fatwa Against Al-Shabaab

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Islamic leaders gathered by the Somali transitional government have issued a fatwa against the Islamic terrorist group al-Shabaab. Al-Shabaab is an Islamic extremist group with proven ties to al-Qaeda. As a part of the group's mission to establish a purely Islamic society in Somalia, it searches for and executes Christians living in Somalia. Will this fatwa help end al-Shabaab's reign of terror? Will it lead to religious freedom for Christians in Somalia? Probably not...  

Mother Killed and Child Abducted Because of Christian Faith in Somalia

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

According to reports coming out Somalia, militants belonging to the al-Shabaab rebel group are suspected of killing one mother and abducting a child because the victims' Christian identity was discovered. The Islamic terrorist group has vowed to drive the underground church out of Somalia. Since making that promise, the group has terrorized any Christians it discovers. Please pray for the victims of al-Shabaab in Somalia.

Christian Mother Kidnapped and Sexually Abused by al-Shabaab in Somalia

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Earlier this month, a Christian mother was kidnapped and sexually abused by suspected al-Shabaab militants in Somalia. The young mother of two was likely targeted by the Islamic militants because of her and her families religious identity. On August 5, Shamsa Enow Hussein was abducted outside of her home in Bulo Marer. Hours after her disappearance, Shamsa's husband received one final text message from his wife warning him to take the children and flee the area because the militants had discovered they were Christians.

Christian Woman Abducted by Al-Shabaab in Somalia

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

On August 5, a Christian woman in Somalia was abducted outside of her house by suspected al-Shabaab militants. Christians in Somalia are forced to meet in very secure underground fellowships because al-Shabaab, an Islamic terrorist group closely tied to al-Qaeda, has vowed to rid Somalia of all Christians. If discovered by al-Shabaab, underground Christians in Somalia often face immediate execution. No trace of this Christian woman has been discovered since August 5 and her husband and two children have gone into hiding. Please pray for this persecuted family.

Recent Al-Shabaab Coup Could Significantly Affect Christians in East Africa

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The week of June 17 marked an historic turning point in the internal structure of radical Islamic, Somali-based sect, Al-Shabaab. Responsible for the deaths of countless civilians, including specifically targeted Christians, both in and outside of Somalia, Al-Shabaab has plagued East African development with its adherence to strict Islamic law and promulgation of terrorism to advance its radically conservative agenda. The recent consolidation of power by Al-Shabaab Emir Abdi Godane demarcates the first time in the sect's history an individual, rather than a collective, will direct the groups activities. Experts speculate the consolidation confirms suspicions the sect intends to resort to an elusively regional, versus global, scope—meaning the recent structural changes could distance, if not completely isolate  Al-Shabaab from its potentially former affiliate and sponsor, Al-Qaeda. 

Al Shabaab Insurgents Publicly Execute Christian Convert in Town Square

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Apostasy, or conversion from Islam, which is strictly prohibited in Somalia (as all Somalis are believed to be born Muslim) lead to the death of 28 year-old husband and father Hassan Hurshe on June 7th of this year. Extra-judicially executed by Al Shabaab insurgents in a public square in Jilib for his conversion to Christianity in Kenya in 2006, Hurshe was reportedly monitored by Al Shabaab adherents for years prior to his murder. Survived by his wife and child, Hurshe's family has since fled the area, mourning the loss of their loved one as refugees in a foreign land. 

17 Seriously Injured: Al Shabaab Suspected of Explosive Attack on Southeast Kenyan Church

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Spring Brings Torture and Death for Christians in Somalia

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Christian Mother Separated From Children and Killed in Somalia

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Christian Widow in Somalia Murdered by Al-Shabaab

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Christian Convert Captured and Tortured by Al-Shabaab in Somalia

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Christian Convert Captured and Tortured in Somalia

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Pastor in Kenya Requests Prayer for Peace

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Christian Persecution in Somalia Spills Over into Kenya

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Al-Shabaab Continues to Spread its Persecution of Christians

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Christians in Somalia Gunned Down by Suspected Al-Shabaab Militant

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Al-Shabaab Admits Defeats in Somalia

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Blast in Kenya’s Capital

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Religious Unrest Continues in Kenya

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Why Was a Christian Beheaded in Somalia?

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Christian Beheaded in Somalia

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Radical Muslim Cleric’s Son Arrested in Kenya as Suspected al-Shabaab Operative

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

Al-Qaeda Encourages Suicide Bombings in East Africa; Christians Remain Easy Targets

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Leaders in Kenya Vow to Take Action After Church Bombed in Garissa

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
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