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article imageAl-Shabaab Islamic militants behead 17-year-old Christian

By JohnThomas Didymus     Oct 21, 2011 in World
Mogadishu - A report says Al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia, fighting the transitional government to impose stricter Sharia law on Somalia, on September 25, beheaded a teenage Christian near the city of Mogadishu.
Baptist Press reports that Al-Shabaab militants, who have vowed to rid Somalia of Christians, killed the 17-year old, identified as Guled Jama Muktar, in his home near Deynile, 12 miles from Mogadishu.
The report says Guled Jama Muktar's family came from Kenya in 2008. The family came to the attention of Al-Shabaab militants who got information that they were Christians and were organizing secret Bible meetings in their home. Compass Direct News reports that the militants, at about 6 a.m., on September 25, came to the boy's home, after his parents had gone to work and found him preparing for school. A source said about the incident:
"The neighbors heard screaming coming from the house, and then it immediately stopped...After a while, they saw a white car leaving the homestead...When the incident happened, the parents called to tell me that their son had been killed and that they feared for their lives...Since then, I have not heard from them."
The parents buried their son and fled the area.
Compact Direct News also reports that on September 2, militants beheaded a Christian convert from Islam in the outskirts of Hudur City in Bakool region, southwest Somalia. Men suspected to be Al-Shabaab terrorists, on August 21, kidnapped the Christian, identified as Juma Nuradin Kamil, and dumped his decapitated body in the street.
Compass Direct News reports Christians who saw the decapitated body said it was characteristic of Al-Shabaab killings. According to a Christian leader in Somalia,
"It is usual for the al-Shabaab to decapitate those they suspect to have embraced the Christian faith, or sympathizers of western ideals."
Al-Shabaab has a long history of persecution of Christian minorities and other "heretic" Muslim groups, such as the Sufi Muslims, who have formed the group Ahlu Sunna Waljama'a to fight Al-Shabaab.
Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen ("Movement of Striving Youth"), otherwise known as Al-Shabaab, is a militant Islamic group fighting the government of Somalia, and the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM). It is an off-shoot of the Islamic Courts Union overthrown by Ethiopian forces in 2006. The group now controls large areas in southern Somalia where it has imposed a stricter version of the Sharia law than the government operates.
Digital Journal recently reported that Kenyan troops invaded Somalia in a self-defensive strike against Al-Shabaab kidnappers the Kenyan government says have been making incursions into Kenyan territory.
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