After being alerted of “suspicious activities,” police came to the house of the couple where they found Christian materials and made arrests.
According to Middle East Concern, during a press conference on October 5, a Somaliland police colonel stated that two individuals had been arrested for apostasy (leaving a religion) and for being “evangelists spreading Christianity.” The couple has three children. The case is scheduled to be forwarded to the relevant court.
In the press conference, the police colonel threatened that, “whoever dares to spread Christianity in this region should be fully aware that they won’t escape the hand of law enforcement officers, and that the spread of Christianity will not be allowed and is considered blasphemy.”
The local Christian community has reacted to the arrest and detention of the couple in great fear, with many believers fleeing the region.
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