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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.
9/10/2013 Somalia (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists from the Al Shabaab rebel group are suspected of killing a Christian woman in one town last week and kidnapping a 13-year-old boy from another, sources said.
The militants, who have vowed to rid Somalia of its underground church, are suspected of killing Fatuma Isak Elmi, 35, on Sept. 1 at about 7:30 p.m. inside her home in Beledweyne, Hiran Province in south-central Somalia. 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.
Neighbors were alerted to the killing when they heard Elmi’s 4-year-old son crying.
“The neighbors heard a child crying for quite some time,” a source told Morning Star News. “After one hour, a close neighbor visited the house and found the child outside still crying.”
The neighbor, whose identity is withheld for security reasons, told the source that upon entering the house she found Elmi dead.
Elmi’s husband, 36-year-old Mumin Omar Abdi, learned of her death when he arrived home at about 10 p.m. He said he had found a note early that morning that read, “We shall come for you. You are friends with our enemies [Westerners, assumed to be Christians], and you are polluting our religion.”
Abdi has fled the area with his son to an undisclosed location, the source said.
In the southern Somali town of Qoryoley in the Lower Shebelle Region, two witnesses told Morning Star News they saw armed, masked men from Al Shabaab kidnap a 13-year-old boy on Tuesday (Sept. 3) as he approached his home on his way back from school.
Mustaf Hassan was kidnapped near Marka District at about 4 p.m., the sources said. He had been staying with a Muslim relative there since last year, when his parents fled the area after they were suspected of being Christians, another source told Morning Star News.
Another source told Morning Star News that the boy’s parents, Hassan Mohammed and Farhio Omar, were in great pain and grief upon learning of the kidnapping.
“Our son might be killed, and we are also not safe,” Mohammed said.
No ransom has been sought, and Christians suspected the rebels may have abducted Mustaf in an effort to find his parents or other Christians.

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