The Kenyan Government is on alert as Christmas approaches. There is a high likelihood that al-Shabaab will conduct attacks on Kenyan border towns this season. They have attack villages every December for the past several years, but have not done so yet this year. The local police also found a cache of weapons on Tuesday, December 19 in Kwale County. This is located near Lamu County which has seen the most violence and destruction in Kenya this year. We pray for the safety of all Christians in Kenya as they celebrate the birth of Christ.
2017-12-22 Kenya (World Watch Monitor) Police in Kwale in the coastal region of Kenya have found a haul of weapons from the gunmen suspected of an attack in September on a local church. The find coincided with government warnings that al-Shabaab militants might be planning attacks in the area during the Christmas season.
Weapons and ammunition were found together with shoes and clothing by police during a routine patrol on Tuesday (19 December). Kwale police officer Joseph Chebusit said they suspect that one of the guns was stolen from officers killed at the Anglican church in nearby Ukunda. Shortly after the Ukunda incident, regional police boss Larry Kieng confirmed that the gunmen had taken two firearms belonging to the men killed during the attack.
Chebusit said the police hoped to identify the gang from their belongings, but warned that “they pose a danger to the locals” while they are free.
Security services in Lamu County – 200 miles along the coast from Kwale – have warned residents to be on the lookout and report any suspicious characters. They said militants from Jaysh Ayman, an Islamist insurgency group with ties to al-Shabaab, had been seen in Garissa, close to the border with Somalia.