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Islamic Extremists in Somalia Behead Two Christians

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Somalia(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists from the rebel Al Shabaab militia last week publicly beheaded a mother of two girls and her cousin in southeastern Somalia after discovering they were Christians, sources said.

In the port town of Barawa in the Lower Shebelle Region, the extremists on March 4 called residents to the town center to witness the executions of the 41-year-old mother, Sadia Ali Omar, and her 35-year-old cousin, Osman Mohamoud Moge, the sources said.

Before killing them, an Al Shabaab militant announced, “We know these two people are Christians who recently came back from Kenya – we want to wipe out any underground Christian living inside of mujahidin [jihadists’] area,” according to an area resident whose name is undisclosed for security reasons.

Omar’s daughters, ages 8 and 15, were witness to the slaughter, sources said, with the younger girl screaming and shouting for someone to save her mother. A friend helped the girls, whose names are withheld, to relocate to another area.

“We are afraid that the Al Shabaab might continue monitoring these two children and eventually kill them just like their mother,” the area resident said.

The militants from Al Shabaab – which has vowed to rid the country of the Christian fellowships, which meet secretly as leaving Islam in Somalia is punishable by death – became suspicious of Omar and Moge due to their irregular attendance at Friday mosque prayers, sources said.

“The two people who were killed on many occasions did not take Friday prayers seriously, especially Omar, who claimed that she was praying in her house,” another area resident said.

Another source noted of Al Shabaab, “They have some spy everywhere in Somalia.”

Somalis who have lived in Christian-majority Kenya are especially suspect. The sources said Omar lived in the Nairobi suburb of Eastleigh for seven years; her husband became ill in 2011 and returned to Somalia, where he died. Omar and her cousin Moge, who helped take care of her daughters, left Kenya for Somalia in January 2013.

Barawa reportedly came under Al Shabaab control in 2009. In October 2013, a U.S. Navy SEAL team raided a beachside house in the town in an unsuccessful search for Al Shabaab leader Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr.

In the capital city of Mogadishu last October, gunmen who said they intended to kill a Christian for spreading his faith shot him to death, according to an area resident. Two men armed with pistols on Oct. 20, 2013 shot Abdikhani Hassan seven times as he approached his home after closing his pharmacy in Dharkenley District. Hassan was survived by a wife who was pregnant and five children ranging in age from 3 to 12.

The Somali cell of Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab was suspected of killing Fatuma Isak Elmi, 35, on Sept. 1, 2013 inside her home in Beledweyne, Hiran Province in south-central Somalia (see Morning Star News, Sept. 9, 2013). Her husband had received a threatening note that morning believed to be from the Islamic extremist group and was away at the time of the murder.

Al Shabaab’s attack on the upscale Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya on Sept. 21, 2013 killed at least 67 people, with dozens still unaccounted for (see Morning Star News, Sept. 22).

On April 13, 2013, Al Shabaab militants shot Fartun Omar to death in Buulodbarde, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Beledweyne (see Morning Star News, April 22, 2013). Omar was the widow of Mursal Isse Siad, killed for his faith on Dec. 8, 2012 in Beledweyne, 206 miles (332 kilometers) north of Mogadishu. He had been receiving death threats for leaving Islam (see Morning Star News, Dec. 14, 2012).

Siad and his wife, who converted to Christianity in 2000, had moved to Beledweyne from Doolow eight months before. The area was under government control and there was no indication that the killers belonged to the Al Shabaab rebels, but the Islamic extremist insurgents were present in Buulodbarde, and Christians believed a few Al Shabaab rebels could have been hiding in Beledweyne.

On June 7, 2013 in Jamaame District in southern Somalia, insurgents from the group shot 28-year-old Hassan Hurshe to death after identifying him as a Christian, sources said (see Morning Star News, June 20). Al Shabaab members brought Hurshe to a public place in the town of Jilib and shot him in the head, they said.

On Feb. 18, 2013, suspected Islamic extremists shot Ahmed Ali Jimale, a 42-year-old father of four, on the outskirts of the coastal city of Kismayo (see Morning Star News, Feb. 28).

In Barawa on Nov. 16, 2012, Al Shabaab militants killed a Christian after accusing him of being a spy and leaving Islam, Christian and Muslim witnesses said. The extremists beheaded 25-year-old Farhan Haji Mose after monitoring his movements for six months, sources said (see Morning Star News, Nov. 17, 2012).

Mose drew suspicion when he returned to Barawa in December 2011 after spending time in Kenya, according to underground Christians in Somalia. Kenya’s population is nearly 83 percent Christian, according to Operation World, while Somalia’s is close to 100 percent Muslim.

Morning Star News


  1. chansrodrigues says:

    It’s bad:(

  2. chansrodrigues says:

    Reblogged this on Christian Faith in Truth & Spirit and commented:
    It’s terrible

  3. osvuret says:

    Reblogged this on osvuret and commented:
    Muslim extremists in Somalia beheaded two women for being Christian.

  4. While very sad, thank you to VOP and Morning Star News for consistently bringing these stories to the body of Christ. Western Christians need to perk up and take notice…AND PRAY for the persecuted believers who live in increasingly hostile nations. These stories seem to be coming at us quickly and are soon forgotten. Let this not be. Remember them and Pray!

  5. Bro. Nick says:

    How many in ‘christendom’ here in “Amerika” really care? When there are only 5 Comments and 1 ‘Rate This’ response so far.

    CHRISTians – We need to pray for all of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ all around the world in 68 Countries & Territories that I have found. It has been reported that persecution against Christians around the world doubled in 2013, from than in 2012, which was higher than it was in 2011.

    It has been reported that in 2012 about 100 MILLION men, women, boys and girls suffered persecution, and “in some of these nations it is illegal to own a Bible, to share your faith Christ, change your faith or teach your children about Jesus.

    “Those who boldly follow Christ—in spite of government edict or radical opposition—can face harassment, arrest, torture and even death. Yet Christians continue to meet for worship and to witness for Christ, and the church in restricted nations is growing.”

    If you live in Key West, FL persecution is occurring TODAY – 90 miles away in Cuba, or if you live along the border in TX, NM, AZ or CA – CHRISTians are being persecuted in a number of the states in Mexico. In Canada you can go to jail for saying that GOD told us that being a sodomite or a lesbian is a sin. Have you thought that with the ‘hate crime’ laws enacted in “Amerika” this will soon be true here. Also know that it is nearly certain that real and terrible persecution of CHRISTians is coming here to the US at anytime. Please take time to listen to Bro. Paul Washer’s 3 minute & 40 second comment @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hakL0Je5XCw

    For all that are truly converted believers in The LORD Jesus Christ:
    “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth:” (Joshua 24:14a) – and
    “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Eph 6:18) – and
    “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16b)

    Bro. Nick

  6. Bro. Nick says:

    How many truly converted, born again CHRISTians here in “Amerika” really care about the Persecuted Saints of GOD in the many [68+] countries around the world? It does not seem that there are many!
    We all need to read, study and apply what The LORD Jesus Christ said in Rev 3:14-22 and quit being “us 4 and no more” ‘lukewarm’!!!
    There have only been 5 Votes, with only 2 ‘UP’ ‘Rate This’ responses in the 6 days since this article was posted –

    That two of our sisters in Jesus Christ were MARTYRED
    for their Faith in the LORD Jesus Christ !!!

    How many sincere ‘from the heart’ tears have been shed? how many prayers offered unto THE ONLY WISE GOD (II Chron 7:14 / James 5:16b) for the two young daughters of the Mom that was martyred?
    or for her martyred cousin’s relatives?
    or for their other relatives?
    or for their friends?
    or for the salvation {only by the Wondrous Grace of GOD (Eph 2:8-10)} for the souls of the murderers? or those that stood by and watched? (2 Pet 3:9)

    How many have thought or prayed for each and every one of the Persecuted Saints of GOD in many [68+] countries around the world?
    The Holy Word of GOD is still true – and each and every one of us should remember:
    “Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: … and serve ye the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14) – and –
    “Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” (Heb 13:3)
    We do not know their names – but HE DOES – of each and every one!!!
    Have we really offered up prayers and supplications unto GOD that He will use the Persecution and Martyrdom of our Sisters in Jesus Christ for His Glory? (Eph 6:18 / Rom 8:28 / Ps 115:1)

    Have those of us that call ourselves Christians here in wicked “Amerika” ever stopped to wonder – if, or when we are found worthy to be persecuted:
    1) Since so few even know or seem to care about what is happening to our CHRISTian Brethren NOW – all around the world – will THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY even bring ‘us’ to the hearts and minds of those CHRISTians in the Countries where real Persecution has been going on for years
    (Rev 3:19)???
    2) How many of us will actually depend upon JEHOVAH (Eph 6:10) as the Apostle Peter and the other apostles did??? “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.” (Acts 5:41 )

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