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.
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Source: Christian Post