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Last Sunday, Islamic militants connected to the al-Shabaab terrorist network in Somalia attacked a Christian church in the Kenyan city of Mombasa. According to reports, the militants attacked the unarmed worshipers with automatic weapons, killing six and wounding many others. The Kenyan authorities have made it a priority to bring these attackers to justice declaring all people who attack unarmed worshipers are devils. Please pray for justice to be done in this case.
The death count in a violent attack on a church in Kenya has now risen to six. There were at least 21 injured when gunmen opened fire in the Joy Jesus church in the city of Likoni, Kenya. Included among those killed is an Assistant Pastor Philip Masela Ambesta. There still has been no claim of responsibility for the attack.
The total killed in a brutal attack on a Kenyan church near Mombasa, Kenya has now risen to 6. 2 more victims died from wounds received when gunmen opened fire in the Joy Jesus church in Likoni, near the popular port city of Mombasa.
Sunday morning, multiple gunmen stormed the packed Joy Jesus church in Likoni, Kenya, located near the large tourist city of Mombasa. Two individuals were proclaimed dead at the scene, and another two were killed as a result of their injuries, Cyrus Ombati, of Standard Digital, reported from Mombasa. Police responded quickly to the attack, but the two gunmen were able to escape, according to the earliest reports from Reuters.
On February 2nd, a church leader from a church in the costal city of Mombasa, Kenya was killed by suspected Muslim extremists. Friends and witnesses say the pastor was killed because he was preaching Christian messages too close to a mosque in Mombasa. Others also say that the church leader had informed on radical activities taking place at the mosque which led to a police raid. Pray for this Christian's family and church.
Over the Christmas holiday, Muslim youths threw petrol bombs at two Kenyan churches. Both churches were located in Kenya's coastal areas where Muslim separatists are seeking to secede. The police have not apprehended any suspects, but are still searching. Please pear for these persecuted Christian.
According the Britain's Minister for Faith Christian communities across the world, particularly in the Middle East, are in danger of becoming extinct due to targeting by Islamic extremists. From Egypt to Syria to Pakistan, Christian communities across the Middle East and South Asia have come under attack as extremists gain influence. In Pakistan, a church of 600 attendants was attacked by two suicide bombers shortly following a Sunday service. Around 130 Christians were killed as a result of this attack. Scenes of destruction like this are being faced by Christian in many of Christianity's ancient homelands. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.
Christians in the Mombasa area of Eastern Kenya have always faced some measure of tension and discrimination by many local Muslims. But the situation is becoming much more dire, and many are concerned that another violent incident could spark regional unrest.
After the Westgate Mall massacre, and recent violence directed against Christians by Muslims in the Mombasa area, Kenyan security forces increased scrutiny of those suspected of aiding Islamists in the region. In one instance an Islamic cleric and former member of the terror group defected and is assisting authorities in prosecuting an Al Shabaab recruiter. He cannot trust the Muslim community due to his actions, and is being sheltered and cared for by a Christian family who volunteered to provide him sanctuary. Please pray for his safety and for the family that cares for him.
The recent assassination of two Kenyan pastors has highlighted the dangers and persecution faced by the minority Christian community in the Mombasa area.
Christian communities across the Middle East and South Asia continue to endure ever increasing levels of persecution and religious intolerance. This has lead to the decline of many Christian populations in these countries. In Syria, one of Christianity's oldest homes, the Christian population has declined by 25 %. As the world continues to sit in watch this injustice continue, please remember to pray for these communities.
Recent information now suggest that the assassination of two Kenyan pastors on October 20, as previously reported by ICC, were in retaliation for the many converts from Islam to Christianity in revival services earlier this year. The pastors had received death threats from Muslims after the news of the converts spread to the Muslim community in the Mombasa area. Earlier this week, a group of Christian leaders in the Mombasa Church Forum declared in response to the murders that they "will not be intimidated" and will continue to worship the Lord in their churches.
Tensions between Muslims and Christians along Kenya's coast have have historically remained hidden beneath the surface of the region's mixed culture, with antagonism only surfacing at infrequent intervals. However recent events have reignited these tensions after a radical Imam with suspected al-Shabaab ties was found dead two weeks ago. Since then, a Christian church has been burned and two pastors assassinated. Despite the historical precedent for cyclic retribution between the two major religious groups, some say that the situation now is different from past feuding. A group of Christian leaders suggests that the growing popularity of evangelical Christianity in the Muslim-majority has triggered an effort by Islamists to intimidate Christians and suppress religious freedom.
Systematic persecution of Christians is increasing rapidly across sub-Saharan Africa. How do these groups broadcast their beheadings, bombings, and tortures? And how is the call to violent jihad broadcast to other Muslims on the continent? Tech-savvy terrorists use the same US-made social media that American teens use to plan an outing: FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube. The BBC explains:
Majority-Muslim Mombasa has been the scene of repeated aggression against Christians. Recently, a radical Islamic cleric was killed. Many Muslim residents blamed the local police, suggesting their possible retribution for the Westgate Mall massacre committed by Al Shabaab terrorists last month. After the cleric's killing, Muslims rioted and burned a local Christian church. Tensions between adherents of the two faiths has remained high despite increased policing. The timing of the slayings, by what the police have described as "well-trained" assassins, seem to indicate a deliberate effort to punish and intimidate the Christian community in Mombasa.
While the world watched in horror as the Westgate Mall massacre unfolded, Christian prayer-warriors leapt into action. One family of missionaries recounts their experiences, revealing how God provided for their protection, shelter and deliverance.
After the targeting of Christians by Islamists in the recent Westgate Mall massacre, the relative peace between Muslims and Christians in Kenya appears to be fraying. Witnesses report an increase in the persecution of Christians in Muslim-dominated areas, and an increasing suspicion of Muslim residents by non-Muslim Kenyans. Experts are now predicting that Kenya may be soon see an increase in religious violence.
There has always been some measure of uneasy tension between the Christian and Muslim communities. After the Westgate mall massacre by Al-Shabaab last week in Nairobi, which included targeted torture and murder of Christians, local relations were strained. Earlier this week, Kenyan security services disclosed evidence they believe indicates that the Al-Shabaab terrorists are planning a major attack in the city of Mombasa. Subsequently, sporadic acts of violence and retribution between groups of both faiths began to escalate. The killing earlier today of a radical Imam sparked riots by some Muslims in Mombasa. A Christian church was targeted for retribution and burned. It is not clear who is responsible for the murder of the Imam and his associates, but many local Muslims blame the local police, who are perceived by local Muslims as having a bias in favor of the Christian population. The situation may have calmed today by a massive show of force by security services and police, but it remains simmering. Look for continued sporadic instances of retribution targeting Christian and churches. The climate may also provide Al-Shabaab with some measure of local support which could enable execution of another large act of terror. ICC urges readers to keep the people of Mombasa in their prayers.
John L. Allen Jr is author of The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution. In this contribution to The Spectator magazine, Allen poignantly described the atrocities and discrimination visited upon Christians across the world, and the lack of journalistic interest in telling those stories.
"Rape jihad" is committed routinely throughout Africa by Muslim men as a way of subjugating Christians and those with beliefs different from their own. This sexual terrorism is sanctioned by their prophet, as according the Islamist beliefs, Mohammed called for the subjugation and rape of women who were not strict adherents of Islam. Uyo Salifu, a researcher with the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa, presents a thoughtful analysis of this form of persecution and details some recent tragic examples of the practice.
Somalis in Minnesota Still Enlisting in Terror Group that Describes the Killing of Christians as ‘Disneyland,’ and Beckons Muslims to ‘Join in this Fun’Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Despite the Westgate Mall massacre in Kenya last week, reports indicate that the al Shabaab terrorists are still successfully recruiting from America's largest Somali community in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Al Shabaab utilizes the Muslim call to jihad as rationale for filling its ranks, explaining that service with the Islamist group is tantamount to a religious duty. Recruitment videos insinuate that the killing of Christians and innocents "is the real Disneyland," and beckons Muslims to "come join in this fun." More than 22 young men are known to have joined al Shabaab since 2009, but actual numbers remain elusive.
ICC Note: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the persecution of Christians in Africa and elsewhere today, near the close of the 2013 General Assembly, in a speech to the Alliance of Civilizations ministerial meeting. The Secretary General called upon member-nations to marshal resources and work together to confront bigotry and nationalism. He asserted the the United Nations itself should use its existing resources to serve as the platform for this engagement.
ICC Note: Noted journalist and human rights advocate Rebecca Tinsley explores the differences in media coverage of the Nairobi mall massacre versus that given to the ongoing persecution of Christians in Sudan and Northern Nigeria. Ms. Tinsley reminds the reader that although the Westgate tragedy was abhorrent, many more Christians are murdered by Islamic fundamentalists on a recurring basis in other parts of Africa. Yet the media remains mostly indifferent. She calls for the United States Government to better use existing forms of leverage to pressure the Nigerian and Sudanese governments to prioritize the protection of Christians subject to persecution.
Kenyan security services report that reliable sources have indicated the Al Shabaab terrorists are likely targeting the predominantly Muslim seaside resort and port city of Mombasa for violence. Kenyan authorities believe that the Islamists will target a building with a high level of occupation, mirroring their operations in the Westgate Mall massacre that ended early this week. However, due to Al Shabaab's recent efforts to avoid harming fellow Muslims in their execution of the Westgate massacre, ICC believes that Christian churches and gathering places present the most likely targets for any such action.
International Christian Concern (ICC) expresses grave concern over the horrific terrorist attack that took place at a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, over the weekend. On Monday afternoon, local time, Kenyan forces again raided the mall, killing two additional members of the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. They reclaimed control of the shopping center, moving closer to an end of the hostage situation that began on Saturday and claimed the lives of at least 69 people. This is the latest in Al-Shabaab’s campaign of terror, motivated by Islamic extremism, targeting Christians and non-Muslims across East Africa.
There have been numerous incidents of violence across the Muslim world, from Pakistan, to Egypt, Kenya, and Syria. With the direct targeting and persecution of Christians overlapping with global political issues like Syria, some world leaders are starting to pay attention to the fact that Christian persecution is a sign of massive human rights abuse.
This article provides an overview of numerous cases of persecution that occurred in the month of June in Africa and the Middle East. There were particular abuses faced by women at the hands of radical Muslim extremists, often justified by Islamic religious leaders. Also, many churches and other places of worship were attacked and in some instances completely destroyed.
The man suspected of having lobbed a grenade into a southeast Kenyan church, nearly killing a 10 year-old boy—now in serious condition due to extensive shrapnel wounds—and seriously injuring 16 others, has been shot dead following an engagement with police in Mombasa. The assailant, a radical militant trained in Somalia by members of radical Islamic sect Al Shabaab (responsible for yesterday's attack on the UN Compound in Somalia, which claimed the lives of at least 5 civilians and as many as 20 UN workers and contractors), was armed with two grenades, a pistol, and an AK-47 when gunned by down by police. The church bombing was coordinated with a similar attack in downtown Nairobi, leading Christians and officials fearful that Kenya too could become a victim of sectarian violence perpetrated by radical Islamists, primarily against Christians, which some argue has begun to spread throughout East Africa.
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