(JNS.org) The Muslim terror group, al-Shabaab, targeted Christians in northeastern Kenya, killing six and wounding 27 people on Oct. 6.
Al-Shabaab terrorists launched the attack in the Kenyan town of Mandera with grenades and guns while residents slept, the BBC reported. “The group wanted non-Muslims to leave what it regards as Muslim areas,” police told the BBC.
"The al-Shabaab militants, wearing Kenya army uniforms, entered the housing compound on the pretext of being Kenyan security officers on patrol," said a source from Open Doors U.K., an organization supporting persecuted Christians around the world. "Once allowed in, they first hit a mobile money transfer shop with an explosive device before throwing more explosives into the compound. The people were caught unawares and were shot as they tried to flee."
The terror group declared jihad on Kenya when the Kenyan government sent African Union force troops to fight and push out al-Shabaab from Somalia in 2011. Several attacks have occurred since including plans to infiltrate Kenya by other means. On Oct. 11, a British national was arrested in the upscale Rosslyn neighborhood of Nairobi on suspicion of training and recruiting Kenyans to join al-Shabaab.
Mandera borders Somalia where violent attacks from Somali-based Al-Shabaab terrorists have continually targeted Christians. The Kenyan government announced in 2015 plans to build a wall along the border to prevent Somali terrorists from entering their country, but Somalia's government is resisting the plan.