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Somali Islamists Kill 24th Christian Convert,  Another Convert Escapes

Washington, D.C. (February 23, 2011)–International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on January 26 members of the Somali Islamic radical group, Al-Shabaab, killed a Christian convert from Islam in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.  Another Christian convert escaped from Al-Shabaab’s detention on January 29.

The Islamists killed Abdirahman Hussein Roble after accusing him of spying and fitna (religious discord) among Muslims. Fitna is an Islamic term used to derogatively describe Christian evangelism among Muslims.
 
On February 9, two eye witnesses notified Abdirahman’s widow and relatives about his murder. Abdirahman, who converted to Christianity in 2009, was the father of two children. Abdirahman is the twenty-fourth Christian to be killed by the Somali Islamists since 2009.

Another Christian convert from Islam escaped from a makeshift detention center run by Al-Shabaab. Hassan (name changed for security reasons) was arrested on January 8 in Afgoye district of Somalia. He was repeatedly interrogated about his faith and ministry. Hassan escaped while the Islamists were attending evening prayer. Hassan is the first Christian to escape from the hands of the Islamists.

Al-Shabaab is an al-Qaeda linked organization known for enforcing a strict version of Sharia law by stoning adulterers to death, cutting off the hands of thieves and murdering Christian converts from Islam.  According to ICC sources, Al-Shabaab is losing broad support in Somalia due to its brutality.

Al-Shabaab’s unrestrained extreme Islamic fundamentalism must be condemned by the international community especially by the moderate Islamic community,” said ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho.