Barnabas news in brief

July 6, 2013 by  
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Somalia: convert from Islam to Christianity shot dead by Al-Shabaab

Al-ShabaabA convert from Islam to Christianity has been publicly assassinated by al-Shabaab militants.Hassan Hurshe (28) was shot in the head in front of a crowd in the town of Jilib on 7 June.

It is thought that al-Shabaab had been monitoring the married father of one since his return to Somalia from Kenya in 2010. He had converted to Christianity in 2006.Following Hassan’s murder, his parents, widow and son, who was born in 2009, fled the area.

– morning star news

Iraq: church attacked, Christian-owned shops targeted in bombings

Iraqi ChristiansTwo security guards were seriously wounded when attackers fired at a church in Baghdad following a series of bomb blasts last week.

Masked men opened fire on the church in the Ameen Thania neighbourhood of the Iraqi capital on the morning of 25 June, taking to 73 the number of churches that have been attacked or bombed in the country since the US-led invasion in 2003.

Christian-owned shops and businesses were among the targets in a series of explosions the previous day. An employee of one food store in the Karrada neighbourhood died in a car bombing; two other members of staff were wounded.

India: two afghan evangelists assaulted while sharing gospel with Muslims

Central Market in DelhiTwo Afghan evangelists were attacked by five Muslims while they were sharing the Gospel in New Delhi.
They are part of a ministry team that is reaching out to Afghans in India.

Team members had been receiving threats intended to stop their work, and on 21 June, two were physically assaulted in Central Market, Lajpat Nagar.

 

 

Indonesia: Islamic extremists protest against construction of new church

Indonesia christiansHundreds of Islamic extremists have staged a two-day protest against the construction of a church building in Bekasi, West Java.
The church was finally granted a building permit in December 2012, almost ten years after they had first applied.

But the Muslim protesters have called for the authorities to “freeze” the application, saying that a Christian building in a Muslim area would only fuel sectarian conflict. Another church in Bekasi, Filadelfia Batak Christian Protestant Church (HKBP), has also faced opposition from Islamists and the authorities.
It is extremely difficult for Christians to get permission for church buildings in Indonesia.

– barnabas team

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