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Somalia: Islamists destroy derelict church

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BBC reports that An Islamist group in Somalia has destroyed a derelict church in the southern port town of Kismayo, after prayers to mark the Eid al-Fitr festival at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The colonial-era church, which has not been used for many years, was occupied by several displaced families who were not given prior warning that it was to be demolished. The Islamists have also stated that they targeted the house on retaliation for the destruction of a mosque in Etiopia and that they will build a mosque instead.

This is not the first time islamists build mosques on ancient Christian places: in 2005, an Islamist group dug up graves from an Italian colonial cemetery in the capital, Mogadishu, and built a mosque on the site.

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Written by Claudia

October 2, 2008 at 10:16 am

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