Key Leader of Somalia’s Underground Church Slain

Pastor oversaw five groups in nearly 100 percent Muslim country.

AMISOM troops from Djibouti in Beledweyne, Somalia (Ilyas A. Abukar, Wikpedia)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Underground Christians in Somalia are struggling to recover from the loss of a prominent church leader gunned down in March. As in many cases of the mounting number of murders of secret Christians in Somalia, Islamic extremists with the Al Shabaab rebel group were suspected in the March 16 shooting […]

Somali Muslims in Kenya Freed after Stabbing Attack in Nairobi

Convert from Islam says they threatened to kill him.

Shop in Eastleigh area of Nairobi, Kenya. (Wikipedia)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A Christian convert of Somali descent in Kenya said he is concerned that Muslims who stabbed him in Nairobi have been released from jail as they await trial. Mohamud Yusuf Ahmed told Morning Star News that Ahmed Ali Mohammed and Issa Shidane Quru, also of Somali descent, stabbed him on Feb. […]

Gunmen Open Fire on Church in Mombasa, Kenya

At least seven dead in attack by suspected Islamic extremists.

Sarah Ambetsa, widow of slain assistant pastor Phillip Musasa. (Morning Star News)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Gunmen entered a Sunday morning worship service in Kenya’s coastal Mombasa County yesterday and sprayed the congregation with bullets, killing at least seven Christians and leaving several others in critical condition. Two heavily-armed men wounded more than a dozen of the 200-member Joy in Jesus Church in the Likoni area […]

Islamic Extremists in Somalia Behead Two Christians

Al Shabaab militants publicly execute mother of two, cousin.

Coastal town of Barawa, in southeastern Somalia. (Wikipedia)

NAIROBI, Kenya (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 […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2013

In Nigeria, terrorists weren’t the only ones terrorizing Christians.

Lyop Dangyel suffered three gunshot wounds and lost two of her three daughters in attack in Torok, Plateau state. (Morning Star News)

(Morning Star News) – Last year Egypt saw its greatest level of attacks on Christians; more Christians were killed in Syria’s civil war than anywhere else; and an Islamist rebel take-over in the Central African Republic brought new atrocities to the historically unstable country. But where political instability and civil war were not contributing factors, […]

Christian Shot Dead in Mogadishu, Somalia

Muslim neighbor says gunmen sought him for spreading ‘wrong religion.’

Mogadishu, Somalia, where suspected Islamic extremists killed a Christian. (Morning Star News via Wikipedia)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Gunmen who said they intended to kill a Christian in Mogadishu, Somalia for spreading his faith shot him to death last month, the victim’s neighbor said. Two men armed with pistols shot Abdikhani Hassan seven times as he approached his home after closing his pharmacy in Dharkenley District on Oct. […]

Christian Mother Killed, Boy Kidnapped in Somalia

Al Qaeda-linked rebels continue campaign to rid country of Christianity.

Detail of clothing on body of Fartun Omar, murdered aunt of kidnapped boy. (Morning Star News photo)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists from the Al Shabaab rebel group are suspected of killing a Christian woman in one town last week and kidnapping a 13-year-old boy from another, sources said. The militants, who have vowed to rid Somalia of its underground church, are suspected of killing Fatuma Isak Elmi, 35, on […]

Islamic Extremists in Somalia Abduct Christian Mother of Two Young Children

Husband receives message from her; since then, only threats from kidnappers.

The Lower Shebelle Region of Somalia. (Wikipedia)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists suspected to be rebel Al Shabaab militants have kidnapped a Christian mother of two young children in Somalia and threatened her husband because of their faith, her husband said. Three masked men abducted Shamsa Enow Hussein, 28, on Aug. 5 in Bulo Marer, Lower Shebelle Region, at 7 […]

Islamic Extremists in Somalia Kill Christian

Al Shabaab rebels publicly shoot young man for his faith.

Detail of the body of Hassan Hurshe. (Morning Star News photo)

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists from the rebel Al Shabaab in Somalia earlier this month publicly shot a young man to death after identifying him as a Christian, sources said. The insurgents in Jamaame district in southern Somalia had been monitoring 28-year-old Hassan Hurshe since his arrival from a Kenya in 2010 and […]

Christian Widow in Somalia Killed Four Months after Husband Slain

Islamic extremists shoot her to death; five children orphaned.

Clothing on Fartun Omar when her body was found outside Buulodbarde, Somalia, after Islamic extremists shot her to death.

NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Islamist militants in Somalia have killed the widow of a Christian who was slain for his faith in December, leaving the couple’s five children orphaned, sources said. Islamic extremist Al Shabaab rebels shot 42-year-old Fartun Omar to death on April 13 in Buulodbarde, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Beledweyne, according […]