Militants step up fear campaign

By November 5, 2008

Somalia (MNN) —  Voice of the Martyrs is confirming the murder
of a Somali Christian in Manyafulka
village. It is the latest in a
wave of such attacks on Christians in Somalia recent months. 

Somalia is almost exclusively
Sunni Muslim, with less than one percent of the population Christian. There has been a noticeable increase in the
number of Christians in Somalia. A
number of believers have been martyred, and others have been publicly named as
targets for execution.

In many hardline Muslim areas, to
convert from Islam to Christianity is apostasy, punishable by death. Compass
Direct reports militant Islamists caught up to Mohammed, staged a mock trial
and pronounced Mansuur Mohammed an apostate and a
spy for Ethiopian soldiers.

After stirring up the passions of
the crowd, the militants beheaded the 25-year-old convert. They then circulated
the video in an effort to instill fear in those contemplating converting from
Islam to Christianity.

Ask God to give strength and
comfort to the believers. Pray that those responsible will come to know Christ.

Pray for comfort for those who mourn the loss of these Christians. Ask
God to give strength and comfort to the people in Manyafulka village and the
surrounding area. Pray that those responsible for these dark deeds will come to
know the light of Christ's love

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