Date: February 21, 2016
BosNewsLife Africa Service
NAIROBI, KENYA (BosNewsLife)-- Hundreds of Christians in northeastern Kenya have fled their homes after at least six Christians were killed in a new wave of Islamic attacks, Christians and aid workers say.
In the latest published incident, Islamic militants of the al Shabaab group entered Maporomoko village in Lamu County, killing four believers, local Christians and aid workers said.
"Two were shot, one was beheaded, and another died because his house had been set on fire," explained Voice of the Martyrs Canada (VOMC), an advocacy group closely monitoring the situation in a statement obtained by BosNewsLife.
Some reportedly survived the January 31st attack, details of which only emerged recently. Eyewitnesses said it's clear that the attackers were hunting down Christians.
In other known attacks, two people were killed on December 21st, 2015 when al Shabaab militants stopped a bus that was travelling to the capital of Mandera region. "Fortunately, they were unsuccessful in their attempts to segregate the Christian passengers from those who were Muslim. This was largely due to several Muslim passengers who, in their efforts to protect the Christians aboard, refused to cooperate with the rebels," VOMC said
"One of the Christian passengers, however, was killed while trying to escape, and so was the driver of a separate vehicle after he approached the stopped bus." Witnesses said militants killed the other driver when they learned he was a Christian.
Al Shabaab militants, who are fighting government and regional forces in Somalia, want to establish a strict Islamic territory in the country.
Amid the ongoing violence, hundreds of Christians have reportedly fled their homes. A local church leader, whose name was not immediately identified, urged believers to remain in the region. "God has called us to be 'salt' and 'light,' and to lead many to the marvellous light of Christ," he reportedly said.