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Kenya: Al-Shabaab extremists execute 3 Christian teachers in raid on primary school

Persecution of Christians in Kenya: Kenya is 80% Christian. There are over 600,000 Orthodox Christians there. The website Orthodox Christian Initiative for Africa offers regular news on the Orthodox Church in Kenya and all over the continent.

Even though Kenya has a Christian majority, however, the Christians are subjected to periodic persecution there, due to the close proximity of the Somali Islamic militant group al-Shabaab. This article demonstrates that al-Shabaab specifically targets Christians. May Almighty God grant relief and protection to the embattled Christians of Kenya.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Kenya, see here.

“Kenya: Al-Shabaab extremists execute 3 Christian teachers in raid on primary school,” by Samuel Smith, Christian Post,

Three Christian teachers were murdered Monday morning in Kenya during an attack on a primary school believed to have been carried out by the Somalia-based, al-Qaeda-linked extremist faction Al-Shabaab. 

Kenya’s National Police Service confirmed in a post on Twitter that three teachers were killed when suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked the school as well as a police post and telecommunications mast in the town of Kamuthe in Garissa County around 2 a.m.

As Al-Shabaab has conducted other deadly attacks in the Garissa area in recent years targeting the Christian community, the United States-based nonprofit persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern reports that the three teachers were Christian. 

ICC named the deceased instructors as Caleb Mutua, Titus Ushindi, and Samuel Muthui Kyonzu. Also, ICC reports that a fourth victim named Joshua Mutua survived with serious leg injuries.

Citing a police report, The Associated Press notes that one Muslim teacher at the school was abducted while the life of a female nurse was spared by the assailants.

Robert Kibutu, a teacher who lives outside of the school’s residential area, told ICC that his fellow teachers were fatally shot by an unknown number of suspected Al-Shabaab militants.

“We are sad and at the same time scared because we are targeted for being non-local government workers that belong to the Christian faith,” Kibutu was quoted as saying….

Kenya ranks as the 40th-worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s 2019 World Watch List….

Following Monday’s attack, Garissa lawmaker Anab Subow Gure accused the government of failing to act on intelligence reports provided by the public, saying that the attacks could have been prevented. 

“It’s time the government took security matters with the seriousness they deserve,” Gure was quoted as saying by the Nairobi-based crowdsource news website “The attacks in Diiso, Saretho and Kamuthe were all preceded by credible information and intelligence from the public but the county security teams did not act as required.”

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