Six Christians have been brutally murdered and houses torched in an attack by Alshabaab terrorists in Widhu Majembeni area in Lamu County.
In an interview with the International Christian Concern (ICC), Pastor Stephen who witnessed the attack in Widhu village described the terror that unfolded on Jan. 3.
“I counted seven houses that were torched down, four bodies of people burned beyond recognition inside the houses,” Sila said. “A body shot dead right outside a burned house and another beheaded body next to it. Other villagers escaped into the dark and the police are still looking for them.”
“It is an ugly sight of people’s bodies lying dead and houses smoking with fire. This is undeniably an awful terrorist attack.”
Pastor Sila said villagers have been asking why security officers are not doing more to protect Christians from these vicious attacks.
However, the head of the Lamu County police advised residents that authorities are actively looking for the terrorists, who may have returned to the nearby Boni Forest.
“We are working on the issue,” the police official said. “We shall share more information soon, but we have cordoned off the area to piece the security information together, as well as go after the perpetrators of this heinous act.”
A church leader directing the Lamu West Africa Inland Churches told ICC that the recent attack proves that Christians are not safe in the country.
“The enemy is still roaming free within our region,” he said. “We are saddened that six Christians have lost their lives and left their families, and the entire body of Christ is hurting. We call upon the government to heighten its commitment to protecting the people of this great nation of Kenya. We also ask the global body of believers to join hands with us in prayer and material support for the affected families.”
— International Christian Concern (@persecutionnews) January 4, 2022