al-Shabab | Al Shabaab
The full name of this Islamic terrorist group, one of several Islamist insurgency groups active in Somalia, is Harakat al-Shabaab Mujahideen (Movement of Warrior Youth). It is more commonly known as al-Shabaab, and in Western media as al-Shabab.
The youn man had converted from Islam to Christianity.
Sofia Osman, a 28-year-old Christian from Janale city in Somali’as Lower Shabelle region, had been taken into custody by Islamic extremist al Shabaab militants in November; the public whipping was meant to mark her release.
Al Shabaab insurgents control much of southern and central Somalia and have embarked on a campaign to rid the country of its hidden Christian population.
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In the Somali capital, Mogadishu, a top spokesman for the hardline al-Shabab said the group carried out the bombings, and he threatened further attacks if Uganda and Burundi continued to supply troops to an African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia.
Al-Shabab, a hard-line Islamic militia waging a campaign of terrorism across Somalia, has banned playing football in many areas it controls. The militia – linked to al-Qaeda – and Hezb-i-Islami, a rival extremist group, prohibited World Cup broadcasts, describing the sport as ”a satanic act’‘ that corrupts Muslims.
The militants have brutally targeted politicians, clerics and peacekeepers – anyone who has challenged their extreme views.
He is among over a dozen Christians known to have been killed by militants within a year, U.S.-based advocacy group International Christian Concern ICC said.
The four Christians had reportedly been working for a local non-governmental organization that helps orphans in southern Somalia.
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