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11/12/2021 Somalia (International Christian Concern) – According to the Daily Sabah, at least three people were killed on Thursday in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, via a suicide bombing claimed by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group.

Abdifatah Hassan, a police officer in Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency (AA) over the phone the suicide car bomb blast targeted a convoy carrying personnel of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). “We don’t know if there are AMISOM casualties,” he said.

“Al-Qaida-affiliated terrorist group al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it had targeted United States officers working for a defense company called Pacific Architects and engineers who were part of the AMISOM convoy,” wrote the Daily Sabah.

Al-Shabaab, directly translated as “the Youth”, is a jihadist militant organization whose primary aim is to create an Islamic state in Somalia.

Despite an international coalition of forces fighting to secure Somalia against Al-Shabaab, the terrorist group has become one of the largest and most active in the world and has maintained control over much of Somalia’s southern and southcentral regions.

Al-Shabaab expansion has made Somalia a region of terror for Christians, a closed country where Islamic extremists circulate freely, and the church operates in secret. Christians make up only 0.33% of the population and conversion means certain death or other forms of extreme violence or torture.  Somali Christians keep their faith concealed as Al-Shabaab desires to eradicate all believers from the country.

Please join us in praying for Somalia, as well as the surrounding nations subject to attacks by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. Please also pray for those who persecute the church, that they would experience the true repentance and love that comes only through Jesus Christ.

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