Dozens of Christians and non Muslims were questioned, then murdered by al-Shabab terrorists in the small coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni this weekend in attacks that lasted until early Monday morning. Kenya, the birthplace home of U.S. President Barack Obama’s father, has seen a continued increase of Christian Massacres in the last 5 years.
Like the gunmen who attacked Nairobi’s Westgate Mall last year, the Mpeketoni attackers gave life-or-death religious tests, a witness said, killing those who were not Muslim.
“They came to our house at around 8 p.m. and asked us in Swahili whether we were Muslims. My husband told them we were Christians and they shot him in the head and chest,” said Anne Gathigi.
And women were not spared from witnessing the violence, either:
At the Breeze View Hotel, the gunmen pulled the men aside and ordered the women to watch as they killed them, saying it was what Kenyan troops are doing to Somali men inside Somalia, a police commander said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to share such details of the attack.
The attacks have been brutal, and have continued on for many months.
At least 67 people were killed in September when four al-Shabab gunmen attacked an upscale mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Kenya sent its troops to Somalia in October 2011.
The International community, which is aware of but not actively solving the crisis of attacks on Christians in general, has considered their own personal defenses in the wake of these ongoing attacks.
Kenya has experienced a wave of gunfire and explosive attacks in recent months. The U.S., U.K., France, Australia, and Canada have all recently upgraded their terror threat warnings for the country. U.S. Marines behind sandbag bunkers are now stationed on the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.
The White House has not commented on these recent attacks. See More