East Africa

Bomb aimed at Kenyan Christian guesthouse fails to hit target

Al-Shabaab terrorists

A bomb targeted at residential houses inside a church compound in Mandera town failed to hit its mark on 26 November. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded outside the church’s perimeter wall.

“We thank God … We have been praying for God’s protection upon the main terrorist’s target … which includes churches … We have been on a high security alert for a month now and the last two Sundays we did not gather to worship,” said Assemblies of God minister, the Rev Daniel Musemi. He said Christians were on high alert.

Mandera is located close to the Kenya’s border with Somalia and the town’s Christians have been heavily targeted by Al Shabaab and other jihadists trying to force them out of the area. Between 2014 and 2016, Al Shabaab killed more than 30 Christians in three separate attacks. As well in October 2016, jihadists murdered twelve Christians in an attack on the Bishaaro Hotel.

Nathan Johnson, regional manager for International Christian Concern, called on the Kenyan government to take the threat seriuosly and protect Chrisitans in the area.

“If not confronted, al-Shabaab’s continued reign of terror will hurt many more Kenyans in years to come,” he declared.