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Kenya: Primary school teachers killed

February 26, 2018

Three Christians have been killed in Wajir, north eastern Kenya by suspected Al-Shabaab militants.

The militants attacked Qarsa Primary School killing two teachers, Kevin Shari and Seth Oluoch Odada; they also killed Seth’s wife, Caroline. Seth and Caroline Odada were newlyweds.

One Muslim man suffered a bullet wound to the hand as he tried to protect the Christian teachers.

Wajir Administration Police commandant, Mohamed Sheikh said that the group also planted an improvised explosive device (IED) on the route to the school. The IED hit one of the security vehicles that was responding to the attack but no officers were injured.

Al-Shabaab is an extremist militant group, based in neighbouring Somalia, but the militants frequently carry out attacks over the border in the north-east and coastal areas of Kenya. Many Christians from these areas have fled to other places.

Recent reports are saying that schools in the area are now likely to close as non-local teachers are being transferred to other areas for their own safety.

Where did this happen?

Kenya is ranked at number 32 on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List. Dozens of Christians were killed by the militant Islamic group al-Shabaab last year, some of whom were beheaded. Al-Shabaab is based in neighbouring Somalia, but the militants frequently carry out attacks over the border in the north-east and coastal areas of Kenya. Many Christians from these areas have fled to other places. These areas have traditionally been Muslim, and those who come to faith in Jesus could also be attacked by their families and communities.

Pray now…

  • For comfort to affected families
  • For swift action by authorities
  • For protection for Christian teachers who are often targeted because they work in Muslim areas

We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.