Al-Shabaab Kills Four More Christian Men in Lamu, Kenya

Thursday, September 7, 2017

(Worthy News) - International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on September 6, 2017, four Christians were killed in Hindi by al-Shabaab, Christians’ main persecution threat in Kenya.

The militants went from house to house, calling out the victims, and then dragging them into the street. This terror started yesterday when Hillary Njuguna, a carpenter, was kidnapped by the Somalia-based terror group and later killed approximately a kilometer from Bobo village. After Hillary’s death, 30 armed militants entered the two villages and captured Joseph Kinuthia, a teacher at Bobo Primary school, Jared Maiko, a businessman, and Gushi Peter. Militants dragged the Christians into the streets before shooting and beheading them.

One of village residents, Joseph Muchemi, told ICC what happened, “Hillary was a carpenter; he was cutting timber with his friends in the forest near Malamande village when al-Shabaab ambushed and kidnapped him. The others managed to escape, but due to the loud [noise] from the power saw, they trapped him.”

He continued, “The reason many people weren’t killed like in 2014, when 15 people were killed and houses torched, is because we are always alert at night. This, however, doesn’t mean that four people deserved to die. We will continue to ask the government to set up at least one police post in every three villages.”

People of Mpeketoni and Hindi held peaceful demonstrations to protest the slow response by security agents in Lamu County. Civilians continue to live in fear because of al-Shabaab’s ever-present threat in the region. In the past three months, al-Shabaab has killed more than 49 Christians.

While the protests have been peaceful, some protesters are growing increasingly frustrated with the Kenyan government’s apathetic response to the attacks. “Since morning, the people here have been protesting the state of insecurity where only Christians are [being] killed. Roads have been blocked and tires are being burned everywhere as the police try to calm the residents. I have heard some protesters say that they would break into the mosques and burn them down because the Muslims have been killing their friends like chicken,” Pastor Bernard Baya told ICC earlier today.

The militants, linked to Al-Qaeda, became notorious in Kenya after claiming credit for the deadly attacks on Westgate Mall in September 2013 and on Garissa University College in 2015. Al-Shabaab killed 67 people at Westgate Mall and another 148 in Garissa. In a string of attacks, al-Shabaab has targeted churches, passenger buses, police stations, shopping centers, communication masts, and Christian aid workers. In many of these attacks, the group has separated Christians from Muslims, before executing the Christians and sparing the Muslims.

This recent attack comes in the wake of a multi-agency operation to flush al-Shabaab out of the Boni Forest. Some precautions established in this operation are a dusk-to-dawn curfew and calls for residents to be cautious around suspicious people. As this operation continues, families that have been displaced from the villages near the Boni Forest are living in camps, some for as long as two months.

ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Nathan Johnson, said, “The Kenyan government needs to show a much greater desire to protect its people. This is the third such attack in less than two months, and all in the same area. If the government isn’t willing to protect its people from al-Shabaab’s reign of terror, then they will lose the fight to terrorism. We pray for the families of the deceased and for peace to come to this region.”

2 thoughts on “Al-Shabaab Kills Four More Christian Men in Lamu, Kenya

  1. Well, yes, God bless them.

    However, how do we know they are Christians? Not that we should not pray for them, no one should be treated like those described here.

    But again, how do we know they are Christians? The ICC (international Christian Concern) says so? The ICC is non-denominational and usually reports on Catholics and those of other catholic branches such as the Coptic Christians and Russian/Greek Orthodoxy as Christians too. Even leaving off the disputes of whether Anglicans/Episcopalians are "catholic" or not, that's a lot of people using our name in error, at the least.

    When someone "venerates" a saint, living or deceased, that term used to deflect/deny the Fact that they worship of Mary, the mother of Jesus, with or without "venerating" also any other Saint (with a capital S) such as the apostle John, Peter, Paul, etc. and that does not make them a Christian. It makes them something else. If they worship Jesus, the Christ, along with Mary worship, that's idolatry for God alone is God. Paul, himself, rebuked people who act like they could have somehow gained access to be/becoming a Christian through his name, or Peter's, instead of the Messiah's.

    Sure, ICC stands up for minority groups also who do not even claim to be Christian (when will someone begin to report on the abuses of Messianics in the USA and abroad?) and if the ICC would like to report on catholics being persecuted for their faith that the Pope is (their) god's word currently in the flesh on earth, or that "there is no salvation apart from the (Catholic) Church," (RC doctrine, not mine) fine. No one should be stealing them away in the night and doing whatever atrocities to them either.

    But if we are to pray for Christians around the world, we need accurate reporting. We need to know which brothers and sisters need our help. It is a perversion to call Maryologists by the same name we identify our real brethren, in Christ. That's two different kinds of prayers. And if we are paying attention to lots of "Christians" being abused in Africa when it's really in N. Korea that true believers are dying like flies for their faith (in Christ alone) it's Satan's doing. It keeps us looking at lies instead of focusing on then who deserve our help. All the others will keep on existing but those are different kinds of works. One owes their miniscule help to family first. Catholics are not our (spiritual) family. They need Christ, and Christ alone, yes.

    The New Covenant writings of the apostles (aka the New Testament) tells us in 1 Cor 5:11,

    "But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people."


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