Date:  August 29, 2022

Somalia (International Christian Concern) – Al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based Islamic jihadist group, besieged a hotel in Mogadishu on Friday, August 19. Following 30 hours of violence, including gunfights with police and explosions, the al-Qaeda affiliated group finally retreated.

As of Sunday, August 21, the official death toll had climbed to 21. According to the Somali Ministry of Health, more than 117 people were wounded.

This attack is the biggest in Mogadishu since the June inauguration of Somalia’s new president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. It is a discouraging setback to the efforts to stop the spread of Islamic jihadism in the region.

Al-Shabaab poses a considerable threat to Christians in both Somalia and surrounding countries, especially Kenya. Christian communities in Kenya, which shares a border with Somalia, are frequently targeted when Al-Shabaab militants make excursions into Kenyan territory.

HOW TO PRAY:  Pray for healing for the 100+ people who were injured. Pray for the ongoing violence in the region, as well as for the Christian communities suffering from attacks in Kenya.  Pray for the hearts of the terrorists to be convinced to stop the violence. Please pray for the families of the victims killed in the Mogadishu hotel bombing,