H/T Michael Laudahn
July 13 2012 at 02:20pm
By Genevieve Serra
- African extremist groups linking up – US
- Attacks on Kenyan churches kill 17
- Grenade blasts rock Kenyan churches
Elite cops are investigating claims that terror group al-Shabaab is behind the murders of 14 Christians in the Western Cape.
The killings occurred within a 10-month period across the province, from Mossel Bay to Philippi, Macassar and Paarl.
All of the victims were Ethiopian Christians living here and the murders were initially thought to be random xenophobic attacks on foreigners.
The latest of these is a shop owner who was gunned down in Philippi last Friday.
But police are now investigating new evidence that the killings have been carried out by Somalia-based Al-Shabaab.
It is the first time there has been any suggestion that Al-Shabaab – which has links to Al-Qaeda – is operating in South Africa.
Authorities were made aware of the link to the Cape killings when a Christian bishop, also a former police inspector, noticed a distinct pattern in the murders.
The bishop – who does not want to be identified out of fear that he may be targeted – has sent three letters to President Jacob Zuma highlighting his concerns.