Kenya: Somali terror group claims decapitating of five Christians

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A Somali terror group Al-Shaba has claimed to have beheaded five Christians. The group while claiming responsibility for two attacks in Lamu County stated that its militants beheaded five Kenyan Christians. The terror group issued an online statement, claiming that its fighters had “managed to temporarily control Hindi town in Kenya’s Lamo coastal province, killing five occupiers who are Kenyan Christians.”

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Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo while describing the Al-Shabab attack said: “They were dressed in military gear and had AK-47 rifles. They beheaded four men before fleeing into the forest. All the victims are men. Police have already arrived at the scene and taken the bodies to the mortuary.”

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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in its annual report stated: “Kenya is a majority-Christian country with significant Muslim populations in the capital and northeast and along the coast. The Kenyan government estimates 82 percent of the country’s population is Christian; 11 percent is Muslim; and 7 percent comprises Hindus, Sikhs, Baha’is, or followers of various traditional religious beliefs. Kenya’s Christian population includes Protestants, 47 percent; Roman Catholics, 23 percent; and other Christian denominations, 12 percent. Religion and ethnicity are often linked.”

“Since 2011, when Kenya deployed its military to Somalia to counter al-Shabaab gains in that country, al-Shabaab has expanded its assaults into Kenya, perpetrating dozens of terrorist attacks in the country. The group has killed both Muslims and non-Muslims, but al-Shabaab terrorists routinely seek to identify and isolate Christians during their strikes,” USCIRF explains in its report.

USCRIF details: “During the reporting period, al-Shabaab continued its attacks along the Kenya-Somalia border and Kenya’s coast. In 2016, al-Shabaab directed the majority of its attacks against security officers and government institutions. However, in October the terrorists executed several attacks on Christian workers in Mandera County.”