Worthy Christian News » Al Shabaab converts Christians into jihadists

christian news

Worthy Christian News » Al Shabaab converts Christians into jihadists

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

NAIROBI, KENYA (Worthy News)– The militant Islamist group al Shabaab is targeting converts from Christianity to Islam to wage jihad in Kenya.

Controlling southern Somalia, al Shabaab has been launching border attacks into Kenya with poor youths from Christian backgrounds.

Godffery Ngumi, senior lecturer at the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Kenyatta University, said recent converts can be easily manipulated because they know very little about their new religion.

"It is the recent converts who (are) being used to bomb churches," said Rev. Wellington Mutiso, head of the Evangelical Alliance. "It is not members of the Somali, Boran, or Swahili communities, which have many Muslims, but the other tribes which have been known to follow Christianity …"

The use of converts from traditional Christian peoples makes it extremely difficult to identify and stop would-be attackers who can seamlessly blend into any Christian congregation.

"We are now meeting frequently to discuss ways of handling the trend," said Rev. David Gathanju, head of the Presbyterian Church of East Africa. "We feel those who are attacking us are 'our own' who have recently converted. That’s why it is difficult for the security to identify them."

Last year, Elgiva Bwire Oliacha alias Mohammad Seif was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to grenade attacks in Nairobi; after converting to Islam in 2005, Oliacha said he went to Somalia for weapons training before returning to carry out attacks on church.

"In a state of deprivation, people will easily embrace extremism as is happening in Afghanistan," said Emmanuel Kisiangani, Institute for Security Studies in Nairobi. "They are also likely to be easily brainwashed."

Copyright 1999-2014 Worthy News. All rights reserved.

Fair Use Notice:This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

No Comment

Leave a Reply

Make us your homepage

What is Worthy News?

Worthy News is an independent Christian news agency which reports news not covered by other outlets, on key developments in a rapidly changing world. Worthy News reaches both Christians and non-Christians around the globe and strives to be balanced and make a difference in these strategic times.

Worthy News. Reliable-Trustworthy-Cutting Edge

Recommended Links

  • Editor’s Picks

  • Latest News

  • Most Read This Month

  • Most Read Today


  • 1999-2014 Worthy Christian News » Al Shabaab converts Christians into jihadists