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Gunmen Kill, Shoot Two Pastors in Kenya as Violence Increases

  • Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2013 Feb 07
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Two church leaders in Kenya were attacked Thursday morning by unknown gunmen in the city of Garissa, Open Doors USA reports. Pastor Abdi Welli was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital and Pastor Ibrahim Makunyi of the East Africa Pentecostal Church was immediately rushed to a hospital, where his condition was described as stable and out of danger. Pastor Welli, who was evangelized, discipled and mentored by Pastor Makunyi, is survived by his wife and three young sons. Garissa is a violence-stricken city in Kenya's northeast, and the Islamic terrorist group al Shabaab has been targeting Christians and churches in the area. "The attack today is the latest in increasing violence, especially in the Garissa area," said Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra. "It was reported by Open Doors that 22 Christians were killed in incidents last year and over 100 seriously injured or maimed."