“The Christians living in Mandera are living in great fear of an imminent attack,” one church leader said. “We have to think whether to continue with the Christian mission work or to leave the place. We cannot pretend that all is well.”
Al-Shabaab militants are suspected of involvement in a gun attack on quarry workers in El Wak, 170 km from Mandera, on 12 May. Two people died, including a Christian named Dalama Otieno. It’s believed the group was targeted because they were non-Muslims.
Three days later, government official Dekow Abbey Sirat was shot dead at his home in Mandera County. Al-Shabaab said it carried out the attack.
The same group killed six Christians in a grenade and gun attack on a residential compound in Mandera last October. Previously, in late-2014, it had killed 38 non-Muslims at a quarry in nearby Kormey and shot dead 19 Christians after hijacking a bus near Mandera.
Source: Release International, Morning Star News, Reuters