*** DEBUG START ***
*** DEBUG END ***
Important information: We are currently experiencing technical issues with the webiste and it is currently running with reduced functionality, some category pages may not contain a full list of articles and the search is not currently working. We apologise for the inconvenience and should have everything back to normal as soon as possible.

Somalian extremists behead ‘spies’

by
16 July 2009

by Ed Beavan

SEVEN CHRISTIANS were beheaded in Somalia last week by the extremist al-Shabaab group, which is believed to have links to al-Qaeda

The Islamic rebels charged the seven Christians with abandoning the Muslim faith, and “spying”, before executing them in the town of Baidoa.

They did not receive a trial, and the executions are part of al-Shabaab’s implementation of sharia across areas of southern Somalia which it controls.

“Al-Shabaab told us that they were beheaded for reasons they described as being Christian followers and spies,” said one relative, who gave his name only as Aden.

Western security services believe that al-Shabaab may be a proxy for al-Qaeda in Somalia. The group beheaded three people in the same region last month.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has accused al-Shabaab of extrajudicial killings, setting off bombs in resid­ential areas, and using civilians as human shields.

Forthcoming Events

29 September 2020
Festival of Preaching
A one-day online version of our popular preaching festival. With Mark Oakley, Sam Wells and Anna Carter Florence.   Book tickets

 

19 October 2020
Creativity out of crisis: Hymns and worship webinar
In association with RSCM, this online event will explore creative uses music and liturgy in the context online and socially distanced worship.    Book tickets

Welcome to the Church Times

​To explore the Church Times website fully, please sign in or subscribe.

Non-subscribers can read four articles for free each month. (You will need to register.)