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Sunday February 12, 2012
al-Shabab | Al ShabaabHate GroupsIslam:
Islamic terrorism 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.

Wednesday January 11, 2012
al-Shabab | Al ShabaabHate GroupsReligious Persecution:
Somalia 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.

Tuesday January 18, 2011
al-Shabab | Al ShabaabHate GroupsIslamReligious Persecution:
Islam 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.

Monday May 3, 2010
al-Shabab | Al ShabaabIslamReligious Persecution:
Somalia 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.

Wednesday March 24, 2010
Somalia Islamic militants in Somalia tracked down an underground church leader who had previously escaped a kidnapping attempt and killed him last week, Christian sources said.

Abdi’s death adds to a growing number of Christians murdered by Islamic militants, but his was distinctive in that he was not a convert from Islam. An orphan, Abdi was raised as a Christian.

Friday January 29, 2010
IslamReligious Persecution:
Somalia Islamic extremists shot the leader of an underground church to death outside the capital city of Somalia this month and have threatened to kill his wife, his tearful widow told Compass.

Having learned that he had left Islam to become a Christian, Somali militants from the Islamic extremist al Shabaab murdered 41-year-old Mohammed Ahmed Ali at about noon on Jan. 1, Amina Ibrahim Hassan said.

Saturday October 17, 2009
Hate GroupsIslamReligious Insanity:
Islamic hate groups bans bras A hardline Islamist group in Somalia is publicly whipping women for wearing bras they say violate Islam by constituting a “deception”, it was claimed yesterday.

Gunmen from al Shabaab have been rounding up any women with a “firm bust” and whipping them, say residents in the capital Mogadishu.

One woman said: “They first introduced a hard fabric which stands stiffly on women’s chests. They are now saying breasts should be firm naturally, or just flat.”

The group has also banned movies, football, musical ringtones and dancing at weddings.

The group’s hardline interpretation of Islamic law has shocked many Somalis, who are traditionally moderate Muslims.

Naturally Religion News Blog files these type of items under the category, ‘religious insanity.’

Tuesday September 22, 2009
IslamReligious Persecution:
Somalia Islamic militants have shot and killed a long-time underground Christian in Somalia after finding Bibles in his possession.

The man arried 25 Somali Bibles he hoped to deliver to an underground congregation, Christians said.

Thursday August 13, 2009
al-Shabab | Al ShabaabIslamReligious Persecution:
Islam Christians in Somalia faced a tense day Thursday, August 13, amid fresh reports that fighters of the country’s main Islamic insurgent group al-Shabab beheaded four Christian aid workers for refusing to renounce their faith in Christ.

The four Christians had reportedly been working for a local non-governmental organization that helps orphans in southern Somalia.


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