Christian was beheaded by al-Shabab extremists on Sept. 25 as he prepared for
school. Al-Shabab, determined to rid Somalia of Christianity and Western
influence, had carefully monitored Guled Jama Muktar and his family since their
arrival from Kenya in 2008, a source told Compass Direct News. “I personally
know this family as Christians who used to have secret Bible meetings in their
house,” the source said.
militants arrived at Muktar’s house around 6 a.m. after his parents had left
neighbors heard screaming coming from the house, and then it immediately
stopped,” the source told Compass Direct News. “After a while, they saw a white
car leaving the homestead.” When Muktar’s parents heard about their son’s
murder, they rushed home, buried his body and fled the area, fearing the
militants would kill them as well. “When the incident happened, the parents
called to tell me that their son had been killed and that they feared for their
lives,” the source said. “Since then, I have not heard from them.”
string of al-Shabab kidnappings in Kenya, Kenyan military forces invaded
Somalia on Sunday, Oct. 16, to combat the extremist sect, according to
Associated Press reports. Kenya claims that France joined them in an attack on
Oct. 23, bombing a town near an al-Shabab stronghold.
al-Qaida-linked Al-Shabab are masters of suicide bombs, slaughtering Somali
civilians, many of them Christians. While fighting the transitional Somali
government for control of the country, al-Shabab imposes a strict version of Sharia,
or Islamic law, in the area it controls.
Sources: Compass Direct News, Associated Press
Posted: October 26, 2011