Somali militants kill 4 Christians in Kenya

Somali militants kill 4 Christians in Kenya

BOBO, Kenya — Members of the Somali militant group al-Shabab killed four Christians in coastal Kenya on Sept. 6, a local source said.

Shaken residents of Bobo village left their homes and slept outdoors or in nearby Hindi after al-Shabab members called three Christians out of their homes in the village at 3 a.m. and slit their throats. The fourth Christian who was killed, Hillary Njuguna, was abducted by the militants prior and forced to reveal the names of the other three Christians.

“We are looking for the Christians in this village,” a militant said before calling out the names provided by local residents.

Slain were Guchu Peter, Jared Maiko and Jospeh Kinuthia. The militants from al-Shabab, which is allied with al-Qaida, also burned the shop of Peter.

The slaughter follows an Aug. 18 assault in the nearby town of Kasala Kairu where Islamic militants reportedly killed four Christians.

Kenya ranked 18th on Christian support organization Open Doors’ 2017 World Watch List of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian. (MS)