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Christian woman killed, boy kidnapped in Somalia comment (0)

September 19, 2013

BELEDWEYNE, Somalia — Islamic extremists from the Al Shabaab rebel group are suspected of killing a Christian woman in one town in early September and kidnapping a 13-year-old boy from another, sources said.

The militants, who have vowed to rid Somalia of its underground church, are suspected of killing Fatuma Isak Elmi, 35, on Sept. 1 at about 7:30 p.m. inside her home in Beledweyne, Hiran Province in south-central Somalia. Her husband had received a threatening note that morning believed to be from the Islamic extremist group and was away at the time of the murder.

Neighbors were alerted to the killing when they heard Elmi’s 4-year-old son crying.

“The neighbors heard a child crying for quite some time,” a source said. “After one hour, a close neighbor visited the house and found the child outside still crying.”

The neighbor, whose identity is withheld for security reasons, told the source that upon entering the house she found Elmi dead.

Elmi’s husband, 36-year-old Mumin Omar Abdi, learned of her death when he arrived home at about 10 p.m. He said he had found a note early that morning that read, “We shall come for you. You are friends with our enemies [Westerners, assumed to be Christians], and you are polluting our religion.”

Abdi has fled the area with his son to an undisclosed location, the source said.

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