Barnabas briefs: Somalia, Indonesia, Cameroon & Laos

June 9, 2014 by  
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SOMALIA: CHURCH LEADER SHOT DEAD OUTSIDE HOME, LEAVES THREE CHILDREN

Somali ChristiansThe leader of five underground churches in Mogadishu has been murdered outside his home.

Abdishakur Yusuf was found lying in a pool of blood, having been shot multiple times in the head. The incident happened on the morning of 16 March but has only recently been made public.

Militant Islamist group al-Shabaab is suspected of carrying out the attack, having vowed to rid the strictly Islamic country of its tiny Christian presence.

Abdishakur leaves a widow and three children, aged eleven, eight and five. They have been relocated.

– morning star news

INDONESIA: CHRISTIANS ATTACKED AT HOUSE PRAYER MEETING, OWNER ASSAULTED

Indonesia ChristiansA group of Christians came under attack by Islamic extremists while praying together in a private home.

The assailants threw rocks and stones in the raid on the property in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on the evening of 29 May. The owner, Julius Felicianus, was not home at the time but returned upon being told about the incident by his son.

The extremists then launched a second assault. They beat Julius and hit him with a flower pot, breaking his shoulder.

On Sunday (1 June), a church in the same district came under attack by members of Islamist groups and local residents. Stones were thrown at the building, shattering the windows.

CAMEROON: KIDNAPPED NUN AND TWO CHURCH LEADERS RELEASED

Cameroon ChristiansAn elderly Canadian nun and two Italian church leaders who were kidnapped by an armed gang in April have been released.

Gilberte Bissiere, Giampaolo Marta and Gianantonio Allegri were set free on Sunday (1 June). No group has claimed responsibility for the abductions but Nigerian-based Islamists Boko Haram are suspected, having committed other kidnappings in Cameroon.

Gilberte, Giampaolo and Gianantonio were seized from the building in which they were staying in Maroua district on 5 April. They had been working as part of a team, helping to improve water supplies and fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS.

LAOS: THREE CHRISTIAN STUDENTS DISQUALIFIED FROM EXAMS BECAUSE OF FAITH

laos christiansThree Christian students have been disqualified from taking their final school exams because of their faith.

The chief of Saisomboon village, Atsaphangthong district, Savannakhet province, said that in following Christianity, Noi (15), Net (15) and Nut (14) had forfeited their right to education.

A local Christian leader has appealed to the district education chief.

– barnabas team

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