NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) — Two Christians near Kenya’s coast were killed 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.
During the July 7 attack, 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. Kangethe and Masha died when the attackers set fire to the building.
On July 5, gunmen attacked both Gamba and the village of Hindi, which is in Lamu County. In Hindi, about 12 miles from Mpeketoni, 15 to 20 assailants with guns and knives killed at least 13 people. 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.
One survivor of the attack in Hindi said the assailants told non-Muslims to leave the area.
“The attackers talked in Somali and Kiswahili [Swahili, Kenya’s national language], saying non-Muslims should get out, and if not they should convert to Islam,” she said.
A note scrawled on a small blackboard from a school, found near a crossroads in Hindi, suggested the assaults came in retaliation for Kenya’s military involvement in Somalia.
“You invade Muslim country, and you want to stay in peace,” it read. “Kick Christians out [of] coast.”
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