Somali Christian Killed

Somalia —It is regrettable to note the intense persecution many Somali Christians go through in the hands of the so-called Muslim fundamentalist groups. This is more disturbing with the recent execution of a Christian man, Mu’awiye Hilowle Ali.

In a press release from its Washington D. C office on April 30, 2010, the International Christian Concern (ICC), Regional Manager for Africa and South Asia, Jonathan Racho, said Ali was killed by some members of Al-Shabaab (an Al-Qaeda linked Islamic extremist group), in front of his house in Afgoye, Somalia.

He noted that the extremists executed him by firing from close range and hitting his head and chest causing him to die on the spot adding that the Islamists had previously accused him and his family of spreading fitna (an Arabic word for religious discord).

Aso, on May 4, members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab killed an underground church leader in  Xarardheere, Mudug region, Somalia, according to Compass Direct News.

The extremists, who were battling a rival rebel group for control of the area, were searching house to house for enemy fighters when they arrived at the home of 57-year-old Yusuf Ali Nur, a school teacher and underground church leader. They suspected that Yusuf was a Christian, so they shot him multiple times at close range, killing him. Yusuf is survived by his wife and three children, ages 7, 9 and 11.

Al-Shabaab, which is linked with al-Qaeda, has reportedly vowed to rid Somalia of Christianity. In recent months, several Somali Christians have been killed by the group in execution-style murders, including one murder as recently as late March. For  more go to : http://www.persecution.com

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