Muslim Rioters Attack Five Churches, Kill Two In Kenya
Washington, D.C. (August 28, 2012) –International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Muslim rioters attacked five churches and killed two people, including a policeman, in Mombasa, Kenya. The riots started yesterday and continued today after unknown gunmen killed Sheikh Aboud Rogo, a radical Muslim cleric.
The Muslim attackers blamed the police for the killing of Sheikh Rogo. He is accused of links with the Somali-based radical Islamic group, Al-Shabaab.
Christian leaders are enraged that their churches were targeted by the Muslim rioters. Speaking to ICC, one of the church leaders in the area said, “What is worrying us (Christians) is why [the Muslim mobs] attack church.”
The churches attacked by the Muslim mobs are: Mombasa Pentecostal Church, Jesus Celebration Center (the Redeemed Gospel Church), Neno Evangelistic Church, Salvation Army, and Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Somalia’s Islamic radical group, Al-Shabaab, supported the rioters. Their message to the Muslims said, “Muslims must take the matter into their own hands, stand united against the Kuffar (non-believers) and take all necessary measures to protect their religion, their honor, their property and their lives from the enemies of Islam."
ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho said, “We are outraged by the attacks against churches in Mombasa. The Muslim mobs should not be allowed to destroy churches. We urge Kenya to stop the violence and restore rule of law in Mombasa.”