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Kenya: 2 Christian Teachers Murdered as Islamic Radicals Ambush School

It is becoming increasingly dangerous to be a Christian in Kenya. Please pray for our Orthodox brethren there: the Orthodox community in Kenya is the largest on the African continent. Like all the Christians of Kenya, the Orthodox are vulnerable every day to attacks and persecution. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will bring relief and protection to the embattled Christians of Kenya, and grant a vibrant renewal of the faith to the Holy Orthodox Church in Kenya.

“2 Christian Teachers Murdered as Islamic Radicals Ambush Kenyan School in ‘Heinous Act of Cowardice,'” by Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post, October 12, 2018:

Two Christian teachers in Kenya were murdered on Wednesday when Islamic militants ambushed a school, severely injuring three others.

International Christian Concern reported that the attack occurred at Arabia Boys School in Mandera East in the early morning of Oct. 10, with the militants bombing the teachers’ house. The two victims were identified as Johnstone Okumu and Simon Wekesa.

“We have lost two teachers to a terrorist attack early this morning at Arabia Boys School. We are already pursuing the attackers in collaboration with our forces in Somalia in case they have crossed the border,” a senior police commander in Mandera told ICC.

Local teachers noted that Islamic radicals continue to target non-locals, often times Christians who live and work in northeastern Kenya.

“It is painful to lose our colleagues through such a heinous act of cowardice. Our hearts bleed because even after dedicating our time and professionalism in serving this community, they still hate Christians,” said Martin Kamutu.

A church leader, identified only as Rev. John, said that terrorists are killing Christians because of their faith.

“This is another bad example of what religion can do. We are losing Christians at a very high rate in Mandera. Last month we lost five to terrorism and now again we have lost two teachers. We ask the international community and human rights groups to get involved in northern Kenya,” he said.

While it has not yet been revealed which Islamic group Wednesday’s assailants belong to, the Somali-based Al-Shabaab has been active in the country for years, specifically hunting down and killing Christians.

The militants executed two followers of Christ in September after they stopped a bus and separated the Muslim and Christian passengers.

The radicals reportedly forced the passengers with non-Muslim names to recite the Shahada, the Islamic statement of faith, and shot dead the two passengers who failed….

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