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Al-Shabaab militants appear to have stepped up their campaign of violence in areas bordering Somalia – and Christians in the city of Mandera believe they could be the next target.

“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

  • Ask God to protect and strengthen His people in Mandera: pray that they will look to Him, their refuge and fortress (Psalm 91:2).
  • Pray that God’s people in Kenya will stand firm in their faith. Pray that attacks will only strengthen their resolve to build God’s kingdom in their nation.
  • Pray for Al-Shabaab militants, that their plans will be thwarted and that they will renounce violence.