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Teacher shot dead at Swedish school in Yemen

Teacher shot dead at Swedish school in Yemen

Published: 19 Mar 2012 12:08 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Mar 2012 12:08 GMT+01:00

A teacher at a Swedish school in Yemen was gunned down by an unknown perpetrator on Sunday in an attack claimed by some to be a response to what is perceived as Christian proselytising.

The school, ITDC (International Training and Development center) was opened in 1969 as a joint venture between the Pentecostal Church in Sundsvall, northern Sweden, and the Swedish Pentecostal Missionary movement.

The victim was the school’s English language teacher and deputy director, American Joel Shrun, who had been living in Taiz with his wife and two children since 2010.

“He was on his way from his home in his car when he was caught up by a motorcycle. They shot him through the window. It is terrible,” confirmed Ulf Edström, deputy head of the Pentecostal church in Sundsvall, to daily Expressen.

Soon after, a militant Islamist group which police believe is affiliated to al-Qaeda, Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), claimed he had been targeted because of his Christian "proselytizing", reported British paper The Guardian.

According to the paper, a text message which was dispatched to the press claimed that Shrun’s murder had been “a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the west has launched against Muslims." Shrun was depicted as "one of the biggest American proselytizers".

Islamist militant groups often accuse western aid groups of covert religious missionary work, the paper said.

Edström told Expressen that the threat against the school had gotten worse lately.

“It’s been on and off, but people like our school. The American drone attacks in Yemen have made it worse, though. Al-Qaeda is searching for westerners,” he said.

The school, which offers vocational training, takes in some 300-350 students each year.

Edström told the paper that it is not a religious school, despite building on a Christian value system to help bring people out of social adversity and poverty.

According to him, the shooting is a tragedy for the school, but also for the people of Yemen.

”It is they who are suffering and are the most affected when militant groups try to kill those who want to help,” Edström told Expressen.

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13:12 March 19, 2012 by mafketis
Another muslim failing to understand that Islam is a religion of peace....
14:36 March 19, 2012 by chemo007
@ mafketis.

Islam has nothing to do with this..these so called islamist has no faith no religion....no religion has such ideas because u know wt happened in Norway? if yes then then u can better understand the situation. Its really sad n im sorry for this loss. y you dont talk about the value of human life in Iraq n Afghanistan.....human blood has same values......it has nothing to do with faith. plz dont spread this hate......must be Swedish weapons in Yemen n rest of middle east.
15:08 March 19, 2012 by mafketis
I guess you're right. Who knows more why he was killed, you or those who claimed responsibility for the attack?

"(Partisans of Islamic Law), claimed he had been targeted because of his Christian "proselytizing""

Obviously they're deeply mistaken and don't realize the respect that muslims have for 'people of the book'.

"a text message which was dispatched to the press claimed that Shrun's murder had been "a response to the campaign of Christian proselytizing that the west has launched against Muslims."

Obivously muslims (and islam) aren't involved in this at all in any way shape or form.
15:29 March 19, 2012 by Svensksmith
It wasn't me, it was my evil twin.
20:39 March 19, 2012 by Grokh
what is she doing teaching swedish in yemen ?

@chemo007 The quran makes the distinction between islam and all that is not islamic is not accepted.

and dont give me they worship

life and its forbidden to kill in Quran because clearly they are only talking about those who are in the islam club everyone else is free game.

just like everything else there are good religious people and bad religious people, the point is a lot of the bad religious people are bad because they are religious. Be them muslim or christian.

and maybe you are a islamic or christian who is good, but there a lot out there that arent so dont try and defend everyone because not everyone should be defended.

places that people ban education and only have religion indoctrinization diserve no respect or defense
06:50 March 20, 2012 by phil23456
How long before this starts happening in Malmo? If the Swedish don't wake up this is what the long term future holds.
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