Islamic extremists from the rebel al Shabaab militia in Somalia beheaded a Christian on the outskirts of Mogadishu last month, sources said.
The youn man had converted from Islam to Christianity. [Read more...]
A Somali convert from Islam was paraded before a cheering crowd last month and publicly flogged as a punishment for embracing a “foreign religion,” sources said.
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. [Read more...]
A mother of four was killed for her Christian faith on Jan. 7 on the outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia by Islamic extremists
from al Shabaab
militia, a relative said.
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. [Read more...]
Women living in areas controlled by Somalia’s Islamists
say they are increasingly the target of more draconian rules meted out by the rebels bent on enforcing their ideologies, Reuters reports. [Read more...]
-linked Somali militia claimed responsibility
Monday for back-to-back bombings in the Ugandan capital
that killed at least 74 people watching the World Cup final on television, marking the first major international attack by the group in a region where the United States and its allies are attempting to stem the rise of Islamic radicalism
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. [Read more...]
If you thought the biggest woes a national football team could face were injured players, bad calls by referees or boisterous fans blowing vuvuzelas, think again
. 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. [Read more...]
Fighters of Somalia’s feared Islamic militant group al-Shabab have killed another Somali Christian as part of an apparent crackdown on “non-Islamic culture,” rights activists said.
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. [Read more...]