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Kenya: al-Shabaab Militants Behead 9 in Quest to Kill Non-Muslims

  • Amanda Casanova
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2017 Jul 11
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Al-Shabaab, the African terrorist group, has beheaded nine civilians in a Kenyan village while the group looked for non-Muslims.

About 15 men from the terrorist group seized nine men in the Jima village in Lamu Country and then killed them.

"They were slaughtered like chicken using knives. Something similar to what happened in Mpeketoni in 2014. We suspect there are many bodies that haven't been recovered," a police source told Kenya's the Star, referring to the terrorist group's killing of more than 60 people in 2014.

Al-Shabaab had been searching for “non-Muslims” in the area. Ahead of their search, many civilians had fled the area. The Kenyan Red Cross had also helped evacuate people.

Kaingu Kadzomba, a resident, told media that the terrorist group was “only targeting male non-Muslims.”

Beheadings are reportedly uncommon for the Somali-based terrorist group. Still, the group has attacked and killed many in Kenya.

Recently, al-Shabaab killed nearly 50 people in Lamu and Mandera counties using homemade bombs.

In May, radicals shot and killed a Christian teacher at an elementary school in northeastern Kenya.

"The suspected al-Shabaab militants entered the school compound and right away fired on the teacher who was teaching the pupils," said a Somali Muslim teacher.

The terrorist group tried to kill another Christian teacher, but a Muslim teacher intervened. Both men, however, were kidnapped.

In June, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies named al-Shabaab the deadliest group in Africa, saying the group killed some 4,000 people in 2016.

 

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Publication date: July 11, 2017