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Four Somali Christians brutally martyred by militants

by Staff
August 18, 2009
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( - Four Somali Christians were beheaded after being kidnapped by members of Al-Shabab, an Islamic militant group, on July 27 in the town of Merca, near Mogadishu.

On August 4, a member of the group notified the families of the victims that the Christians were promoters of "fitna," a Muslim term for religious discord, and had been beheaded for apostasy for refusing to convert to Islam. The militant also told them that the bodies of the believers would not be given to them, stating that "Somalia does not have cemeteries for infidels." The four Christians had been working for a local government organization which assists orphans in southern Somalia.

Ask God to comfort and encourage the families of these martyred believers. Pray that those responsible for these heinous killings will be brought to justice and that they will come to faith in Christ. Post a prayer for Christians in Somalia on our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at

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