Barnabas Briefs: Somalia, Brunei, Indonesia & Iran

May 1, 2014 by  
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SOMALIA: CHRISTIAN WOMAN DRAGGED FROM HOME AND KILLED BY ARMED MEN

Somali ChristiansA young Christian woman has been killed by a group of armed men who broke into her Mogadishu home.

The assailants dragged “Sufia” outside and shot at neighbours who tried to rescue her. The Christian woman’s parents were present when the attack took place but were not harmed.

Christians in Somalia, who are all converts from Islam and their children, are extremely vulnerable to attack by militant Islamist group al-Shabaab. It has vowed to rid Somalia of its tiny Christian presence, killing dozens of Christians since 2008, when it seized control of the central and southern parts of the country.

BRUNEI: HARSH SHARIA PENAL CODE INTRODUCED AFTER SHORT DELAY

Brunei ChristianA controversial sharia penal code will be introduced in Brunei from Thursday (1 May), having been postponed by just over a week.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced the new launch date on Wednesday (30 April). Jauyah Zaini, assistant director of the Islamic Legal Unit, had earlier said that the delay was “due to unavoidable circumstances”.

The sharia penal code, which includes archaic Islamic penalties such as flogging and stoning to death, has been widely criticised. A spokesman for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in early April:

We urge the government to delay the entry into force of the revised penal code and to conduct a comprehensive review ensuring its compliance with international human rights standards.

INDONESIA: SUSPECTED BOMB DISCOVERED AT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

Indonesia ChristiansAn Easter service at a church in Balikpapan had to be postponed after a suspected bomb was discovered at an adjoining Christian school.

A security officer came across the package while on patrol at around 3am on 20 April. He heard two people talking in the bushes outside the school building; they ran away when he went to investigate.

The police bomb squad cleared the package, which was taken away for tests.

The Easter service, which was due to start at 9.30am, had to be put back to 11.30pm to ensure that the area was safe.

IRAN: HOUSE CHURCH CONGREGATION ROUNDED UP IN ARMED RAID

Iran christiansA house church was subjected to a terrifying armed raid by the security forces during an Easter service.

Plain-clothes officers disrupted the gathering at the home of Nazi and Maryam Asadi in southern Tehran on Good Friday (18 April). They searched the property and arrested everyone present, taking them to an unknown location.

The officers went on to the rooftop of the apartment building and broke satellite dishes belonging to other residents.

– barnabas team

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