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On the Kenyan coast, Lamu County has suffered a number of recent attacks by radical Islamic militants suspected to be members of of Somali-based terrorist network, al-Shabaab. Following a mass-slaughter in which 57 innocent civilians were killed, many of whom were professed Christians, two churches were burnt down and three congregants murdered. Now increasing its presence in Kenya, al-Shabaab waged a campaign of Islamization throughout Somalia before losing control of the majority of the country in years past, publicly beheading Christians and decimating the underground church. 

07/15/2014 Kenya (Morning Star News) – Two Christians near Kenya’s coast were killed Monday night (July 7) following attacks by suspected Islamic extremists over the weekend on two predominantly Christian villages that left more than 30 people dead, sources said.

In the attack Monday night, the assailants arrived at Covenant Church, three kilometers north of Hindi, just after the close of a Bible study; as those in the study fled, two men, Joseph Kangethe and Kenda Masha, opted to hide in the building, a source told Morning Star News. Kangethe and Masha died when the attackers set fire to the building, said the source, whose identity is undisclosed for security reasons.

A Catholic church building in the village of Gamba, in neighboring Tana River County, was also razed the same night. Gamba is about 46 kilometers (28 miles) from Mpeketoni, a predominantly Christian town where gunmen killed at least 57 people in a June 15 attack.
On Saturday night (July 5), gunmen attacked both Gamba and the village of Hindi, which is in Lamu County.

In Hindi, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mpeketoni, 15 to 20 assailants with guns and knives killed at least 13 people, area sources told Morning Star News. Among the dead Christians was Ken Mangara, a 12-year-old student at Kibiboni primary school, and Kenya Kazungu, in his 30s, who was found in a pool of blood with a Bible on his back, the source said.

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