PLEIKU CITY, VIETNAM (ANS) -- International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on March 23, 2010, members of Al-Shabaab (an Al-Qaeda linked Islamic extremist group) executed another Somali Christian in Afgoye, Somalia.
The Islamists had previously accused Ali and his family of spreading fitna [an Arabic word for religious discord]. Trained in the former Soviet Union, Ali had served in the Somali armed forces. He converted to Christianity in 2006.
“His body has temporarily been buried in the compound of his residential house after members of Al Shabaab refused to allow his burial to be conducted in a public burial place, calling it Muslim territory,” an ICC spokesperson told the ASSIST News Service (ANS).
Ali is survived by a wife and ten children.
ICC states that Al-Shabaab is waging jihad in Somalia to establish an Islamic government based on Sharia law. The Somali church has been the most visible victim of the Al-Shabaab “holy-war” in Somalia. Al-Shabaab and members of other Islamic extremists have killed more than a dozen Christians in Somalia over last year alone.
Speaking to ICC, a Somali church leader in Mogadishu said, “Ali’s martyrdom will only strengthen the Somali church and that such violence will never succeed in stopping the church planting movement we see in Somalia today.”
“Please pray for the Somali Church, which is arguably the most persecuted church in the world today. Pray also for Ali’s widow and his children,” said the ICC spokesperson.
Note: ICC is a Washington-DC based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC provides Awareness, Advocacy, and Assistance to the worldwide persecuted Church. For additional information or for an interview, contact ICC at 800-422-5441 or go to their website which is:www.persecution.org.