A militant group Al-Shabab has claimed killing of six Christians in north-eastern Kenya. This attack was believed to derive the Christians out of the region. Militants targeted a residential block in Mandera – a Kenyan town at a time when people were sleeping. Militants launched a grenade and gun attack in order to wipe out the people.
This is the recent episode of the wave of anti-Christians violence in the region. The militant group had announced on its radio that the attack was planned and the motive was to target Christians in Mandera town. The group stated that it wanted the non-Muslims to leave the area as the terrorist group claims Mandera is a Muslim area.
According to Fredrick Shiswa, Mandera County commissioner said the Al-Shabab militants had also targeted a telecommunication site in order to sidetrack the attention of the security forces from the “actual attack.” He further explained, “This must have been planned over a long period… It was executed with a lot of efficiency.”
Thus far the terrorist group has killed both Muslims and non-Muslims, but Al-Shabab terrorists regularly seek to identify and isolate Christians during their strikes. A notable Al-Shabab attack in Kenya occurred on April 2, at Garissa University College; when 148 students were killed in the worst terrorist attack in Kenya since the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing.