An attack in the early hours of 6 October in north-east Kenya by al Shabaab militants resulted in the murder of six Christians.
The militant group’s own radio station, Radio Andalus, reports that the grenade and gun attack on a residential compound in Mandera, on the Somali border ─ an area known to have Kenyan migrant Christian workers ─ targeted “Christianity’s power in the region,” and that it was part of a series of attacks over the past few months.
According to a World Watch Monitor contact, “the al Shabaab militants, wearing Kenyan army uniforms, entered the housing compound on the pretext of being Kenyan security officers on patrol. Once allowed in, they first hit a mobile money transfer shop with an explosive device, before throwing more explosives into the compound. The people were caught unawares and were shot as they tried to flee. They specifically targeted non-locals (all assumed to be ‘Christians’).
“Among the six dead is a local barber called Cege. Among the injured is one person who hid in the ceiling, but the explosion from the grenades shook him and he fell through the roof and was injured. He is currently in hospital.”
Reports indicated that the attackers planted landmines all around the compound. One exploded when the security officers attempted to access the building.
“There are increased security personnel in town even as tension remains very high. Residents are declining interviews out of fear for their safety and many are locked in their houses,” locals report.
Source: World Watch Monitor