Unknown gunmen in Mombasa, Kenya, have killed a pastor, after being prevented from entering a church worship service.
The attack took place on Sunday at the Mita Maximum Revival Church that meets in a classroom at the local primary school in the Majengo area. George Karidhimba Muriki, in his mid 30s, was the Secretary and Assistant Pastor of the Mita Maximum Revival Church and a local business man.
Witnesses said the two attackers entered the church compound through a sidegate, avoiding two policemen guarding the church. A witness reported that the attackers tried to force their way into the church, but when worshippers stopped them, one drew a gun and shot the pastor in the back several times. He died on the spot.
The motive for the attack is not known and no one has claimed responsibility. No suspects have been identified yet.
There has been a history of violence against Christians in this area. In October 2013 the Salvation Army Church in the Majengo area of Mombasa Island was razed to the ground following the murder of a prominent Muslim cleric.
Kenya is the highest riser on the 2015 World Watch List, up from 43 to 19. Over a hundred Christians were killed in 2014, and nine churches attacked.
Source: Open Doors
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