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On the morning of 23 March, as a congregation gathered for worship at their church in Likoni, a hooded gunman burst through the church’s back door and began firing indiscriminately.

Those who tried to flee through the church’s main door were met with gunfire from several more assailants waiting outside.

“They forced their way through the rear door, shot the watchman who staggered into the church before falling down. One attacker shouted ‘Allah Akbar!’ and started shooting in every direction,” a devastated survivor shared.

As suddenly as they had come, the attackers abruptly and calmly walked away, disappearing into the surrounding slums. Police later found a box containing 36 rounds of ammunition that had been left at the scene.

Six Christians died from the assault, while over 20 were hospitalised. Many of the injured had gunshot wounds while others suffered soft tissue injuries due to their panicked attempts to escape the church.

Although, at last report, no group had claimed responsibility for the attack, it is widely suspected to be the work of the Somali Islamic terrorist group, al Shabaab, or its sympathisers.

Sources: Open Doors, World Watch Monitor, Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Prayer Points

  • Pray for those grieving the loss of loved ones to look to the Lord for daily comfort and strength.
  • Pray for prompt and complete healing of both physical and emotional wounds following the attack.
  • Pray that the gunmen will repent and turn to Jesus Christ.