Three Christian teachers are dead following an attack by a terrorist group in Kenya.
Persecution watchdog International Christian Concern says the attack took place on January 13, 2020, in Garissa, Kenya. The terrorists are allegedly from the Somali-based group al-Shabaab. They ambushed the teacher's school, Kamuthe Primary School around 2 a.m., targetting the living quarters of teachers.
Mr. Robert Kibutu, a teacher who resides outside of the school’s residential area, confirmed the attack, saying, "My fellow teachers were fatally shot by an unknown number of suspected al-Shabaab militia who stormed Kamuthe Primary School early (Monday) morning and leaving one severely injured by two gunshots. We are sad and at the same time scared because we are targeted for being non-local government workers that belong to the Christian faith."
According to ICC, the three teachers killed were Caleb Mutua, Titus Ushindi, and Samuel Muthui Kyonzu. Joshua Mutua survived with serious leg injuries.
According to the region’s security head, "One local teacher was taken away by the militants and a non-local female nurse [was] spared due to [her] gender."
There have been over 20 attacks in the region over the course of the last five weeks, ICC says.
On December 6, 2019, four teachers were among the 11 non-local Christian passengers killed en route to Mandera from Nairobi when al-Shabaab flagged down the bus they were travelling in. The militants separated the passengers and killed those on the spot who failed to recite the Islamic Shahada.
"We pray for the families of the deceased and for peace to come to a region that has seen increased violence toward Christians who are just trying to survive," ICC's Regional Manager for Africa, Nathan Johnson, says.
"We hope that the government will take effective action to stop the senseless killing of so many Christians in Kenya at the hands of Islamic extremists like al-Shabaab. We praise God as the refuge and strong tower that He is for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ who continue to endure so much."