Al Shabaab Suspected in Killing of Six Christians in Somalia

MorningStarNews.org reports: “Six Kenyan merchants killed by suspected militants from the Islamic extremist Al Shabaab on Friday (March 29) in the Somali border town of Dhobley were likely attacked for spreading Christianity, sources said.

The six secret Christians had been selling plastic utensils and other household goods in Dhobley, in Somalia’s Lower Juba Region, for six years, a Christian leader in northern Kenya said.

‘Our brothers had been doing business to support their families, but also sharing the love of Jesus Christ to the Muslims in Dhobley,’ the leader told Morning Star News on condition of anonymity. ‘Two members of our church recently reported that several Muslims were secretly attending the evening prayers. This is probably what could have caused the Al Shabaab to kill them for spreading Christianity in the area.’

He identified the slain Christians as Joseph Githonga and Simon Karimi of the East Africa Pentecostal Church, Peter Muthuri and Thomas Muthee of the Kenya Assemblies of God and James Mwendwa and John Kathure of the Anglican Church.

The late Githonga had told the Christian leader in February that area converts from Islam had grown concerned over local complaints that the six Christians were praying in Christ’s name with Muslim neighbors and worshipping too loudly…”

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