Kenya: At Least 17 Killed After Islamist Gunmen Open Fire On Churches In Garissa
“There’s no end to Christian martyrdom in Africa. After Nigeria, now the Christian community in Kenya are under attack. The death toll following the attacks on two churches in Garissa, in north-eastern Kenya is 17, with another 50 people injured and 10 seriously injured.
Garissa is located in north-eastern Kenya, approximately 140 kilometres from the border with Somalia. The city is 70 kilometres away from the vast refugee camp in Dadaab, which is currently sheltering 465 thousand Somali refugees. Four foreign humanitarian aid workers were kidnapped from here Friday.
The attacks, which took place almost simultaneously, targeted the city’s Catholic cathedral and a church owned by the African Inland Independent Church (AIC) congregation, as Sunday mass was being celebrated.
Kenyan authorities have pointed the finger at Islamist al-Shabab militia operating in Somalia, whose border lies 140 kilometres away from the city.
A group of hooded terrorists launched two grenades inside the cathedral, but only one went off. The dead and many of those wounded were registered as members of the AIC congregation’s church, where another five militiamen opened fire on faithful: 10 of them died instantly and another six passed away as they were being taken to hospital.” Read more.
Flashback: East Africa: Growing Appeal Of Radical Islam Could Have Major Ramifications For Christianity, Stable Democracies – “Al Shabaab has been waging an insurgency against Somalia’s fragile interim government since 2007 and formally became part of al Qaeda earlier this year. Abdullahi’s account is part of a mounting body of evidence – including intelligence picked up by security agencies, research by the United Nations and accounts by Muslim Kenyans interviewed for this story – that suggests al Shabaab is mentoring a new and increasingly multi-ethnic generation of militants in the region. That could have major ramifications not just for Somalia, which has been without a working government for two decades, but also for countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, relatively stable democracies whose economies are among the steadiest in Africa.” Read more.