Friday, March 13, 2020

Kenya: Christians Killed in Al-Shabaab Attacks

By Timothy Gamble

03/13/2020 - International Christian Concern (ICC) is reporting that on March 11 two Christians, including a young boy, were killed and another Christian was abducted when Islamic militants of the al-Shabaab terrorist group attacked two vehicles on the road between Elwak and Mandera in northeastern Kenya. This region has become a common location for the terror group to conduct attacks, in which they target Christians.

Kenya has witnessed six Islamic terror attacks targeting vehicles in the last four months, leading to the deaths of 21 Christians. On December 6, 2019, 11 Christians were killed when al-Shabaab attacked a passenger bus in Wajir. In total, 10 additional Christians have been killed in the region from different terror activities in 2020 alone.

While Kenyan forces pursue the terrorists, the status of the abducted Christian in the most recent attack remains unknown.

Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, more commonly known as al-Shabaab, is an Islamic jihadist group based in Somalia, but active throughout East Africa, primarily in rural areas. In 2012, it pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda. In recent years, al-Shabaab has become notorious for its tactic of stopping cars and buses, forcing passengers to separate by religion, and then executing the Christians on board.

Sources: 1) Press release by International Christian Concern dated 3-13-2020. 2) Information from the Al-Shabaab entry in the online edition of Encyclopædia Britannica.

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