Church in Northern Kenya Fearful after Gruesome Attack on Christians

 

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Kenya (Morning Star News) – Church members in a northeastern town in Kenya fear for their lives after Islamic extremists targeted Christians in a grenade and gun attack early Thursday morning (Oct. 6) that killed six people, sources said.

Targeting predominantly Christian migrant workers from Kenya’s interior, rebels from Somalia’s Al Shabaab group reportedly took responsibility for the attack at a residential compound in Mandera, with a spokesman for the militants saying it was designed to drive Christians from the area.

The attack in Mandera, tucked in Kenya’s northeast corner near the Somali border, reportedly wounded several others. Among 27 people rescued were Christians who arrived at their church traumatized and in shock.

“The loud grenade woke me up, and I heard one of the attackers saying the ‘infidels’ should leave the Muslim area of Mandera,” one survivor told Morning Star News. “There were loud cries for help as the attackers were shooting from all directions.”

The pastor of an area church told Morning Star News that two members of his congregation were among those killed in the attack.

“Two of my church members were brutally murdered, and then their heads were chopped off,” he said. “The government needs to beef up security, especially in areas where non-locals who are mostly Christians reside, otherwise we are opting to leave the area for the sake of our lives.”

Garissa AIC four years on…

Fear won’t stop this church
Thirty-eight-year-old Benson lost his brother when Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab attacked their church in Garissa, northeast Kenya, in 2012, killing 17 and leaving 60 injured. In this short film he, and the church’s pastor, tell us of the threats and challenges the congregation are still facing but how, despite the fear, they continue to meet together and trust God.

Response (Video)

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