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10/25/2018 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – On Oct 14, 2017, just over one year ago, al-Shabaab conducted one of the largest terrorist attacks in Somalia’s history. That morning, they filled a truck full of explosives and drove it to the center of Mogadishu, the country’s capital. They then detonated the bomb in the middle of a large crowd of people including civilians, men, women and children.

This attack took the lives of over 600 people and left a large crater in the city streets. This devastation is still felt today. Al-Shabaab, which means “The Youth”, has been one of the three most active terrorist groups in the world for years. They have the political and religious goal of creating a caliphate in East Africa where they can enforce their very strict and extreme views of Islam. To this end, they have conducted countless attacks on the Somalian people, and many attacks across the border into Kenya.

Due to the nature of Somalia, the majority of their random targets are Muslims that they believe have been turned by the west towards liberalism and capitalism. However, their hatred for Christians has forced all Christians in Somalia to go into hiding. They do not allow any worship of Christ in the country and kill Christians that they find. They also make forays into neighboring Kenya in order to attack and kill Kenya’s Christian population. This has led to hundreds more deaths over the past several of years.

Al-Shabaab must be stopped from continuing their reign of terror over the Somalian and Kenyan peoples. These types of attacks must end and freedom of religion must be granted to all people in Somalia. Without this, there will never be peace and the country will continue to remain as one of the world’s most fragile governments and countries.

 

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