After the Pope’s controversial comments on Islam, Sheikh Abubukar Hassan Malin of Somalia urged Muslims to “hunt the Pope down for his barbaric statements” (irony alert!):
“We urge you Muslims wherever you are to hunt down the Pope for his barbaric statements as you have pursued Salman Rushdie, the enemy of Allah who offended our religion,” he said in Friday evening prayers. “Whoever offends our Prophet Mohammed should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim,” Malin, a prominent cleric in the Somali capital, told worshippers at a mosque in southern Mogadishu. “We call on all Islamic Communities across the world to take revenge on the baseless critic called the pope,” he said. Reached by telephone by AFP yesterday, Malin confirmed making the remarks that were echoed in less strident form by other senior clerics in the Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia (SICS).
Full article here. Meanwhile, rage there has erupted into violence, with tragic consequences:
Gunmen killed an Italian nun and her bodyguard Sunday at the entrance of the hospital where she worked, officials said, an attack some feared could be linked to Muslim anger toward Pope Benedict XVI.
Sister Leonella was shot in the back four times by two gunmen armed with pistols, Dr. Mohamed Yusef told The Associated Press. The shootings occurred midday Sunday at the Austrian-run S.O.S. hospital for women and children in volatile northern Mogadishu, witnesses and hospital officials said.
One person has been arrested and a search was under way for a second man, Yusuf Mohamed Siad, head of security for the Islamic courts now controlling the capital, told the AP. Sister Leonella, whose birth name was Rosa Sgorbati, had lived and worked in Kenya and Somalia for the last 38 years, family members said.
She was 65. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano denounced the slaying of the nun and her bodyguard as a “horrendous crime.” “A woman who had dedicated her life to the service of the weakest, the most defenseless and the neediest, beyond any ethnic or religious distinction, has been hit,” the Italian president said.